The battle over the Hwakpo stool between the Ackwerhs and the Puplampus might be finally over, as the Greater Regional (GAR) House of Chiefs confirmed the legitimacy of the Ackwerhs as the rightful heirs.
The Ada Traditional Council had previously ruled in November 2022 that the Ackwerhs, not the Puplampus, are the rightful heirs and custodians of Hwakpo. The ruling did not satisfy the Puplampus, who filed for an appeal of the decision. However, the appellants failed to meet the conditions of their appeal, and the Ada Traditional Council requested that the GAR House of Chiefs strike out the case. The GAR House of Chiefs granted the request and fined the Puplampus GH¢2,000 in addition.
The Ackwerhs, represented by Nomo Ernest Samuel Ackwerh, Nene Agbasi Dzikunu Ackwerh, and Nathan Nomotey Ackwerh, expressed their elation at the ruling. Nomo Ernest Samuel Ackwerh, the head of the Ackwerhs, called on the Puplampus to settle all the fines that previous courts had imposed on them, as they owe almost every court since they started this litigation in the 90s.
The Puplampus installed a self-styled chief whom the Ada Traditional Council does not recognize. Rev. Nathan Ackwerh, speaking with journalists, advised the Puplampus to desist from causing trouble and not make any wrong moves. He added that every step the Puplampus took has gone against them, and the truth will always be on the side of the Ackwerhs.
The head of the Ackwerhs, Nomo Ernest Samuel Ackwerh, emphasized that they would welcome the developmental contributions of the Puplampus but urged them to abide by the laws of the Republic of Ghana and their traditional customs and norms to ensure that Hwakpo remains peaceful and developed for future generations.
For the most part, the Ackwerhs can now hit the ground running with the developments they have earmarked for Hwakpo. This ruling should bring finality to this unnecessary and time-wasting litigation. The Ackwerhs are the heirs and custodians of Hwakpo, and they will not look on to be cheated.
Source: Ghana News Agency