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Court of Appeal Rules in Favour of Fetteh Kakraba Traditional Leaders in Land Dispute In Gomoa fetteh

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The Court of Appeal in Accra has given a verdict on the longstanding land dispute between the Traditional Leaders of Gomoa Fetteh and Fetteh Kakraba over the ownership of lands at Fetteh Kakraba. The traditional leaders at Fetteh Kakraba won the initial case at the Winneba High Court, which restrained Gomoa Fetteh from laying claim to the land, alleging that they had been acting as landguards in the area. However, Gomoa Fetteh filed an appeal against the ruling, seeking a reversal of the judgment.

The three-member panel chaired by Justice Philip Bright Mensah ruled that the claim that the people of Gomoa Fetteh were landguards was unsubstantiated. The court, however, upheld the initial ruling that ownership of the lands remained in the name of Fetteh Kakraba.

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After the ruling, the people of Gomoa Fetteh took to the streets, claiming victory and ownership of the Fetteh Kakraba lands. However, the respondents’ lawyer, Roland Atta kesse Hamilton, spoke to a section of the media, stating that the ruling had been misconstrued. According to him, the court’s verdict was only on the issue of landguards and restraining, and not on the ownership of the lands. He added that the respondents had won three judgments at Swedru, Cape Coast, and Winneba High Courts, which had not been quashed by any court of competent jurisdiction.

For the most part, the ruling has brought clarity to the case, settling the question of whether or not Gomoa Fetteh acted as landguards. The court’s decision has established that the claims were baseless, and the people of Fetteh Kakraba can now enjoy peace of mind over their lands. However, the issue of ownership of the lands remains unresolved, with the court reiterating that Fetteh Kakraba is the rightful owner.

It is essential for both parties to respect the court’s decision and abide by it. The ruling will have significant implications for land disputes in Ghana, emphasizing the importance of evidence-based claims and ownership of lands. The government and stakeholders in the land sector must work towards establishing clear and accessible land ownership records to prevent future disputes.

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