The paramount queen of Okuapeman has allegedly rejected a truck load of 62 sheep and other items including money from government officials to drop a dispute.

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According to Joy News’ Kofi Siaw, the said donation to Nana Obuo Nketiaa is to settle a dispute between her and the newly enstooled Paramount chief of the area.

The queen mother who is opposed to the legitimacy of the newly installed Okuapehene, Oseadeeyo Kwasi Akuffo II reportedly refused to acknowledge him or foster a relationship with the chief.

The delegation led by the Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo attempted to appease her with the rams, bottles of schnapps, and an undisclosed amount of money.

According to JoyNews government also sent close maternal royal relatives to the queen mother but failed to reach a settlement.

This move, according to sources has deepened already held claims of political interference as to who becomes chief in the area.

Already, queen mother’s faction has accused some political actors of masterminding the installation of Nana Kwesi Akuffo against one Odehye Kwasi Akufo.

Background

The Judicial Review Committee of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs a few weeks ago nullified the enstoolment of Odehye Kwasi Akufo as Okuapemhene.

It paved way for the Kingmakers to perform traditional rites to enstool Oaeadeayo Kwesi Akuffo II.

According to the Committee, Odehye Kwesi Akuffo’s selection by the queen mother of the area, Nana Afua Nketiaa Obuo II, was against the laid down tradition.

It is the Abrewatia of the royal Sakyiama Family of Akuapem Akropong who since time immemorial selected those to be the paramount chiefs.

The Okuapeman stool has three ruling houses – Nketia, Amogyaa, and Sakyiama. Currently, it is the turn of the Sakyibea ruling house to select a candidate to be installed as Okuapemhene.

The stool, until the recent enstoolment of Oseadeayo Kwasi Akuffo, has remained vacant almost five years after the demise of Oseadeeyo Addo Dankwah III, Okuapemanhene, due to dispute emanating from the Sakyibea Royal family whose turn was to nominate their candidate to the vacant stool.

Two factions emerged from the Sakyibea Royal Family and each claimed to be the right candidate to succeed the late Oseadeyo Addo Dankwah III, who ruled for 41 years before his demise.

source: Joynews

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