The Adweso lands located in the Eastern Region of Ghana have become the subject of a heated dispute between the Akuapem Traditional Area and the New Juaben Traditional Area. The Mponoahene of the Akuapem Traditional Area, Ogyeahoho Nana Tete Pinpong, and the Paramount Chief of the New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Kwaku Boateng III, are at odds over the rightful ownership of the Adweso lands.
According to Ogyeahoho Nana Tete Pinpong, the New Juaben Paramount Chief is planning to enstool a new chief at Adweso, an action which he considers a total affront to chieftaincy and a clear demonstration of provocation. He maintains that Adweso has at all times been found in the Akuapem Traditional Area, and that there is ample evidence to prove this fact.
For the most part, the Adweso chief concurs with Ogyeahoho Nana Tete Pinpong, stating that Adweso has never been a suburb of Koforidua, and that the late Professor Emeritus Daasebre Oti Boateng had lived in harmony with the understanding that Adweso was part of the Akuapem Traditional Area and not New Juaben. He also alleges that Daaasebre Kwaku Boateng III has developed a penchant for making incursions into Adweso lands, which are exclusively Akwapim Stool lands.
The Mponoahene of the Akuapem Traditional Area warns that any attempt to impose a foreign chief on the indigenous and peace-loving residents of Adweso and Akwapim will be resisted with the full force of the land. He also calls on the people of Adweso to discard any summons to appear before Daaasebre Kwaku Boateng III and to pay no levies to the New Juaben Traditional Council.
In a nutshell, the New Juaben Paramount Chief is undeterred by the warning of the Akuapem Traditional Authority, boldly stating that his outfit will soon enstool a new chief at Adweso. This ongoing dispute is a cause for concern and has the potential to create tribal wars if not handled with utmost care. It is important for the two traditional authorities to find a peaceful resolution to this dispute to ensure the well-being of the residents of Adweso and Akwapim.