The Ga Traditional Council has taken exception to the management of events leading to the illegal installation of a “Ga Mantse” in Accra by the Police.
In a statement on the issue, the Council, through the Otublohum Mantse, Nii Dodoo Nsaki and the Gbese Mantse and the Adonten of the Ga State, Nii Okaidja III, expressed concern about what it considers the indifference displayed by the security agencies in general and the police in particular when some individuals claiming questionable titles engaged in the illegality.
“The Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) representatives in the palace area were alerted that an attack on the palace was about to take place, and the police were forewarned of the imminent attack on the Ga Stool House and the palace by individuals with dangerous arms and weapons, and they did nothing to prevent these gross illegal actions,” the council stated.
Continuing, the Council pointed out that “when the assaults took place and complaint was made to the Regional Police Commander, she asked the representative of the Council to go to court for an order of redress. Therefore as at now, the Ga Mantse’s Palace is occupied by landguards.”
The continued occupation of the palace by bandits, the Council noted, does not speak well about the maintenance of law and order in the country given the fact that the palace is the meeting point for sub-chiefs and others, as it is the venue for the meetings of the Judicial Committee, and domestic and international personalities are received there.
“If we cannot rely on the police to protect us at the Council then where else do we look?” the council asked rhetorically, explaining that the recognition of chiefs in the Ga State begins at the Ga Traditional Council and not in the media.
“All processes of installment are examined by relevant committees to ensure that legitimate means are used in the selection, examination and installation of chiefs” the council explained.
It is the duty of the Council to ensure that its members and other chiefs become occupants of vacant stools, adding that “this should explain why individuals who hold themselves as chiefs outside our processes are inducted into the Council in the present instance, none of the individuals claiming to be installing a ‘Ga Mantse’ has any clean, clear credential.”
The Council pointed out that only non-chiefs and politicians were presented during the so-called installation of the “Ga Mantse.”
As far as the Council is concerned “the Ga Mantse and President of the Ga Traditional Council is King Tackie Tawiah III.” The Council noted that the urging by President Mills that we all live under the rule of law is not being heeded. President Mills, the Council prayed, should restrain all those carrying out the dangerous excesses and allow all the legal processes to be carried out.
Source: A.R. Gomda - D-Guide
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