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Gefia Falls Under Avenor Traditional Area – Judicial Committee Decides

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Torgbui Doglo Anuma Vi Paramount Chief Of Avenor Traditional Area And Other Chiefs Of Avenor
Torgbui Doglo Anuma Vi Paramount Chief Of Avenor Traditional Area And Other Chiefs Of Avenor

Gefia, nestled within the Avenor Traditional Area, is the subject of a recent legal dispute heard by the Judicial Committee of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs.

On the 23rd of May 2024, the committee decided on an Application for a Writ of Summons brought by Torgbui Kludzi III and two others against Torgbuiga Dorglo Anumah VI, the Paramount Chief of the Avenor Traditional Council, along with others.

The plaintiffs sought various reliefs, including recognition as the de facto, de jure, and gazetted Dufia of Gefia or Dutor of Gefia. Additionally, they requested an order restraining the Paramount Chief of Avenor from expanding jurisdiction over Gefia, asserting its belonging to the Atsiame Traditional Area.

However, the defendants filed a motion to strike out the writ of summons, arguing lack of jurisdiction by the Volta Regional House of Chiefs. In its ruling, the court concurred, citing Article 274 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana and Section 26 of the Chieftaincy Act 2008 (Act 759). The appropriate forum for resolution was deemed to be the Judicial Committee of the Avenor Traditional Council.

Chaired by Torgbe Gbogbi Atsa V, the Paramount Chief of Adaklu Traditional Area, and with members including Togbega Atsridom V of Kpedze Traditional Area and Togbega Sei II of Botoku Traditional Area, the committee awarded costs of 5,000 Ghana Cedis to the Defendants/Applicants.

The genesis of the dispute traces back to April 6, 2006, when the Arbitration Committee of the then Fiaga of the Avenor Traditional Area, Torgbuiga Dorglo Anumah V, suspended and withdrew Torgbui Kludzi III from the Avenor Traditional Area Chief List. Allegations surfaced that Torgbui Kludzi III hailed from a matrilineal line, contrary to Avenor’s traditional practices, thus disqualifying him from chieftaincy.

Amidst ongoing tensions between the Avenor Traditional Area and the Atsiame Clan, led by Torgbui Samlafo IV, Torgbui Kludzi III, stripped of recognition, sought refuge through the Anlo Traditional Council. However, he was later gazetted as Dufia of Gefia within the Avenor Traditional Area by the National House of Chiefs on November 12, 2015.

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