By Dennis Peprah/Sarah Ankamah-Yeboah, GNA
Sunyani, Sept. 14, GNA – The Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs has admitted Daasebre Dr Amankona Diawuo II, the Paramount Chief (Omanhene) of Berekum Traditional Area, as a member of the House.
Daasebre Diawuo II, from the Berekum Asokore royal family and known in private life as Dr Leonard Ofori, is a medical practitioner with many years of professional experience.
He was installed in February 2001 to succeed Nana Yiadom Boakye II, his late uncle but since then the House had not admitted him because of a protracted dispute which emanated between the Asokore and Asekyere families, the two royal gates of Berekum.
In December 13, 2017, the Supreme Court passed a verdict on the dispute which had lasted for 18 years in favour of the Asokore family and paved the way for the swearing in of Daasebre Diawuo II, who is a Surgeon at the Sunyani Regional Hospital.
Prior to the Supreme Court (SC) ruling, the Judicial Committee of the National House of Chiefs had earlier delivered judgment on the matter in favour of the Asokore royal gate, but the Asekyere gate filed an appeal against that ruling at the SC.
At its 2018 second General Meeting in Sunyani, Justice Ananda Aikins, a High Court Judge in Sunyani led Daasebre Dr Diawuo II to swear the oaths allegiance and secrecy whilst Pimampim Yaw Kagbrese V, the President of the House, administered the membership oath.
Pimampim Kagbrese, who is the Paramount Chief of Yeji Traditional Area in the Pru East District, expressed worry over the perennial chieftaincy and land disputes in the region, saying as at January 2018, there were 50 cases of chieftaincy disputes in the region.
They comprised 47 petitions and three appeals, he said, adding that in the course of the year four additional petitions and an appeal were filed, bringing the total cases to 55.
Pimampim Kagbrese said the Judicial Committee of the House has been able to dispose off 12 of the petitions, thus reducing the number of cases to 43.
He said most of the cases pending before the House resulted mostly from misunderstandings during enstoolment processes of the chiefs, adding that the litigations has adversely affected membership of the house as there were 17 vacant stools now.
Pimampim Kagbrese V said the Standing Committee of the House has devised strategies to ensure expeditious reduction of cases and has also adopted proactive measures to resolve rifts/misunderstandings during enstoolment process to prevent legal tussles between rival claimants to the stools.
Earlier, the chiefs and people of Berekum carried Daasebre Dr Diawuo II, who was in traditional regalia, in a palanquin and paraded through the principal streets of Sunyani amidst traditional drumming and dancing.
It was extremely hectic for the Police to control human and vehicular traffic, particularly around the Sunyani Technical University area of the road.