Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Ga Dzase bans Homowo Procession
By: EDMUND MINGLE
THE Ga Paramount Dzase has declared that there will be no public procession and sprinkling of the traditional food, kpokpoi, in Ga Mashie during the Homowo festival on August 11, in the interest of peace.
However, the heads of the various stool houses will be allowed to sprinkle the traditional food within the confines of their house.
Addressing a news conference in Accra yesterday, Nii Yoate Oto-Ga 11, Ga Paramount Dzasetse, said “we shall not tolerate Dr. JoBlackson parading himself as Ga Mantse this Homowo, or his presence at the Stool House to attempt performing any customary rites”.
Nii Oto-Ga explained that the decision not to allow any public procession and sprinkling 0of kpokpoi was taken by the Ga Paramount Stool Dzase in consultation with the elders of the principal Ga Mashie Stools of Gbese, Abola, Asere, as well as Nai and Sakumo Wolumei (Priests).
He noted that any attempt to use the security apparatus to coerce the people of Ga Mashie to allow him to sprinkle kpokpoi during the festival would not be countenanced.
The Ga Dzasetse, who was flanked at the conference by the elders of the four ruling houses making up the Ga Paramount Dzase, namely Teiko Tsuru We, Amugi We, Tackie-Kome We and Abola piam, said Homowo stands for unity and peace among the Ga people. He therefore called on the government and security agencies not to allow “a few selfish and dishonest people to manipulate the security apparatus”, against the people.
“We call on Gas to ensure that the Homowo festivities are devoid of any confusion and must be observed in peace and harmony,” he said.
Reiterating that the Ga Paramount Stool Dzase does not recognize Dr.Blackson as Ga Mantse, Nii Oto-Ga said his purported nomination and installation is a subject of suits pending before the Judicial Committee of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs. This notwithstanding, he said, Dr. Blackson continues to hold himself out as Ga Mantse.
He stated that for the avoidance of doubt, it is the turn of Abola Piam by rotation to provide a candidate for consideration to ascend the Ga Stool and the Paramount Stool Dzase “is conducting the necessary consultations to install a legistimate Ga Manstse.
“We shall follow time-honoured procedure for nomination, selection and enstoolment of a royal as Ga Mantse in accordance with the requisite Ga customary law, usage and practices at the appropriate time,” he said.
He blamed the Ga Traditional Council for contributing to the confusion in the Ga State when it allegedly acted contrary to custom by accepting and including Dr. Blankson into the council as its President.
“The Traditional Council has no mandate in Ga custom and tradition to pick and choose a candidate for induction into the council other than the candidate presented by the Ga Dzase,” he stated.
However, reacting to the claims made by Nii Oto-Ga, the spokesman for the Ga Mantse, Nii Boi Abbey told the Times that the King would go ahead with plans for the festival.
They, too are in favour of peace, and would not do anything to create confusion, he stressed.
He said the celebration, which has the theme, “Re-uniting the Ga family”, has the objective of engendering harmony and peace in Ga Mashie.
Nii Abbey reminded Nii Oto-Ga and his elders of statement made by the Judicial Committee of the Regional House of Chiefs recently to the effect that the Ga Mantse could still act in that capacity until the final determination of suits challenging his nomination and installation.
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