Monday, October 15, 2007
FOUR FILE FRESH SUIT AGAINST GA MANTSE
By: EMMANUEL BONNEY
The heads of the four ruling houses of the Ga Paramount Stool have filed a fresh suit at the Judicial Committee of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs challenging the installation of Dr. Jo Blankson as Ga Mantse.
This brings to six the number of suit filed against the Ga Mantse, King Tackie Tawiah III.
The petitioners are: Nii Yaote Oto-Ga II, an elder of Amugi We and Dzaasetse of Ga Paramount Stool; Nii Okai Mensah IV, Head of the Amugi We ruling house; Nii Yahya Assy, Head of the Abola Piam ruling house; Nii Agyemang Kese, Head of the Tackie Komme We ruling house and Niibi Nii Teiko Tackie, the Head of the Teiko Tsuru We ruling house.
The reliefs being sought by them are a declaration that under Ga customary law and usage the purported nominations, election and enstoolment of Dr. Blankson is null and void and of no legal effect whatsoever. They are also seeking a declaration that the Ga Mantse was in any event not a patrilineal candidate for succession to the Ga Paramount Stool of alternatively not from the appropriate lineage to be nominated, elected and enstooled as Ga Mantse.
They are also seeking a declaration that it was in any event the turn of Abola Piam We to provide a candidate for the Ga ‘Mantseship’ to succeed Nii Amugi II and a declaration that the purported admission of first respondent to the membership of the Ga Traditional Council and his appointment as its president were respectively illegal, null and void and contrary to the Ga cunstomary law and usage.
Joined in the suit against Ga Mantse are Nii Akropong III of the Teiko Tsuru We, Nii Tetteh Ashong, Ga Seitse and the Ga Traditional Council.
The plaintiffs are, among other things, calling for a perpetual injunction restraining Dr. Blankson under the stool name King Tackie Tawiah, his servants, agents, privies, whomsoever or otherwise however, from holding himself as Ga Mantse under any purported stool name whatsoever.
Counsel for the petitioners is Dr. Nii Armah Josiah Aryeh of Kojo Smith and Associates.
When contacted, the Counsel for the Ga Mantse, Mr. Willie Amarfio, told the Daily Graphic that he would file an appearance next week.
He said some of the petitioners in the new suit were already petitioners in the five earlier cases, and cited Nii Agyeman Kese and Nii Yahaya Addy as examples.
He explained that the suit had suffered an undue delay because the court would not sit “when it suits their convenience before bringing the action”.
According to thee latest suit, the witnesses to be called by the petitioners are Numo Ogbarmey II, Sakumo Wulomo; Nii Kpakpa Blofonyo, Ga Akwashongtse; Nii Tetteh Ahinakwa, Head of Naa Onidin Akua; Dr E.A. Tackie and Nii Adama Nkpa Ammah.
The suit said the plaintiffs collectively constituted the Ga Dzaase vested with exclusive responsibility for the nomination, election and enstoolment of a Ga Mantse, and that they represented each of the four ruling houses of the Ga Paramount Stool; Amugi We, Teiko Tsuru We, Abola Piam and Tackie Komme We together with a Dzaasetse.
“Each of the plaintiffs has by Ga custom and usage been appointed head of a family by the respective ruling houses with automatic right to membership of the Ga Paramount Stool Dzaase,” it said, and that upon nomination by Amugi We, the first plaintiff was appointed Ga Dzaasetse by the whole Ga Paramount Stool Dzaase.
It said following the death of Boni Nii Amugi Sorse II on December 10, 2004, it was the duty of the Dzaasetse to see to the dignified funeral and the befitting burial of the deceased monarch of the Ga Traditional Area.
“By Ga custom and usage, the Dzaase is collectively responsible for carrying out the funeral of the deceased Ga Mantse and thereafter initiating the processed for the nomination, election and enstoolment of a successor Ga Mantse,” it said.
The suit, among other things, alleged that following the death of Boni Nii Amugi Sorse II, the first defendant, pursuant to an unlawful conspiracy between him and the acting President of the Ga Traditional Council, was falsely held out.
Daily Graphic Monday, October 15, 2007 Page: 36