A planned performance of the final funeral rites of the late Chief of Kalariga in the Northern Region and subsequent installation of a new Chief is said to be brewing tension in the area.
An opposing group has surfaced, claiming to be legitimate occupants of the skin and therefore seeking authority to begin processes towards the enskinment of a new chief.
The rivalry over the legitimacy by the two factions began late last year after the Nyohani Kpanlana claimed he had been enskinned Chief of Kalariga and therefore sought the blessings of superior authority to perform the funeral rites of the late chief.
His claim was objected by a section of the royal family who are now seeking to quash his enskinment, disclosing he was not the rightful heir to the Kalariga skin.
Both factions have since hauled themselves before the Chief of Tamale Dakpema, Naa Alhassan Dawuni in a petition dated February 3, 2014.
When DAILY GUIDE contacted him, he acknowledged receipt of it, stating that the people of Kalariga sought his assistance to perform the funeral of the late Kalariga Naa but said he was not the right person to deliberate on such matters.
He stated categorically that the said letter should be re-directed to the Guma Naa who is customarily responsible for the Kalariga traditional area and not the Dakpema.
According to the Dakpema, the content of the letter centred on the performance of the final funeral rites of the late Kalariga Naa and the subsequent installation of a new chief for Kalariga.
The Dakpema noted that in order not to go contrary to the customs and traditions of the Dagbon, the matter should be referred to the Guma Naa instead adding that when the matter gets to the Guma Naa, he the Dakpema may be called for further consultations and appropriate redress.
The Dakpema urged the people of Kalariga to remain calm and wait for almighty God?s intervention for an amicable solution to the issue.
From Stephen Zoure, Tamale