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13-year old Akyem Achiase chieftaincy dispute resolved

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A 13-year-old chieftaincy dispute in Akyem Achiase in the Eastern Region has been amicably resolved thanks to the intervention of the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Achiase, Richmond Amponsah-Agyabeng, and the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Kofi Ahenkorah-Marfo.

The DCE, as chairman of the District Security Committee (DISEC), rallied the committee’s other members, the MP, some prominent community members, and leading members of the Achiase Local Council of Churches to persuade the two factions of the dispute to agree to a settlement of the protracted litigation.

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Last Sunday, the peace mission team hosted a reconciliation meeting in Achiase, which was attended by the two groups as well as various officials such as the Oda Divisional and Achiase District Police Commanders, as well as the Commanding Officer of the Jungle Warfare School, Lt Col. Jacob Cudjoe.

To mark the end of the lengthy legal battle, two rams were slain in front of the Achiase palace and on a holy stone on the royal grounds.

Speaking at the big event, Mr Amponsah-Agyabeng, who was overjoyed with the reconciliation, asked the two parties to maintain the town’s peace and togetherness and to avoid revisiting the unfavorable conditions that led to the community’s lengthy chieftaincy conflict.

He thanked the DISEC, the MP, the security agencies, and the Achiase Local Council of Churches, among others, for their contributions to the resolution of the conflict, which had ushered in a new era of progress in the area.

In appreciation for the peaceful resolution of the conflict, the DCE presented the Achiase Traditional Council with two crates of beer and Guinness, five crates of soft beverages, ten crates of bottled water, and an unknown sum of money on behalf of DISEC.

Mr Ahenkorah-Marfo, the MP, also complimented the two groups for smoking the peace pipe and warned those who fanned the chieftaincy issue to turn over a new leaf so as not to destroy the current peace and togetherness.

He recommended the two groups to collaborate with the Achiase District Assembly to begin physical development projects to improve the people’s quality of life.

Mr Ahenkorah-Marfo announced that the government had awarded the construction of Achiase town roads, as well as the tarring of Achiase-Caanan and Achiase-Akenkansu-Assin Fosu main roads, on contract, and that the Roads and Highways Minister would personally cut the sod soon for the projects to begin.

He also stated that the Ghc5 million Achiase water project and the construction of an astro turf pitch at Achiase Methodist Schools, both of which had been given contracts, will start shortly.

Mr. Ahenkorah-Marfo urged the people to keep him as their lawmaker and to vote massively for Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia to become President in the 2019 general elections so that they might continue to benefit from further development projects.

The Achiase Hence, Daasebre Gyenin Kanntan ll, who is also Takwahene of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, was full of praise for the DCE, the MP, and other personalities who made the reconciliation possible in his address, and promised to do everything he could to maintain the area’s peace and unity.

He did, however, advocate for the removal of a negative Achiase platform that some dissatisfied individuals were using to publicly attack certain important members of the community.

The queen mother of Achiase, Nana Akosua Darkoaa lll, who was also happy with the resolution of the protracted chieftaincy dispute, thanked the personalities who initiated the settlement of the litigation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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