?.that Vanderpuye, High Court has no control over chieftaincy disputes
BY Abubakari Seidu Ajarfor
The ?unresolved? chieftaincy dispute over the Sempe Stool have sparked yet another controversial statement from the Kingmakers of the Stool asking the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Boss, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuye to stop meddling? in the affairs of the Sempe stool on matters he has little knowledge about.
The Kingmakers of the Sempe stool have questioned the prowess of the AMA boss over his recent comments which he sort to discredit their years of existence and customary practices as true kingmakers.
According to the statement read on behalf of the Kingmakers, Nii Lartey Anum Tetteh, the Registrar at the Sempe palace said the AMA boss was reported to have described Sempe kingmakers in verbal terms as ?the so called Elders of Sempe.?
In a response, the Registrar asked, ?does the AMA boss know who the Elders of the Sempe Stool are? Or how they were inducted into office??
?There is so much to do in the city of Accra and instead of directing his attention to those matters, he finds time to enter into the politics of stools,? the statement posited.
The kingmakers stated that they are rational and fair-minded people ensuring that democratic values and arbitrary measures are upheld however, the AMA boss must clearly state his interest as where he stands in the Sempe Stool affairs.
Meanwhile, some elders led by their antagonist Nii Adote Obour II paid a courtesy call to the Mayor of Accra, Alfred Okoe Vanderpuye after a High Court ruling has recognized him (Nii Adote Obour II) as the Sempe Mantse.
According to the kingmakers, government particularly, the High Court has no jurisdiction over chieftaincy matters since the matter was before the judicial committee of the Ga Traditional Council.
The statement added that Nii Adote Obour II was ?customarily and validly destooled? by the kingmakers in 1994.
Another recent development affecting the Sempe Stool revolved around the lands at Akokofoto otherwise known as poultry farm at Dansoman, which have since time immemorial belonged to Sempe Stool, have recently been the subject of wide discussion in the media.
According to the Registrar, the lands at Akokofoto were parcels of lands title which were litigated extensively by the Alata, Akumajay and Sempe Stools between 1945 and 1990 at the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court, in its final pronouncement declared Akokofoto to be vested in the hands of the then Sempe mantse as the rightful owners of the land.
However, he said the minor sub stool of Gbawe which belongs to the Kpakpatse We quarter of the Asere division of the Ga Traditional Council succeeded in obtaining a questionable declaration from an Accra High Court that Akokofoto lands belongs to Gbawe.
According to Nii Tetteh, after the kingmakers had initially mounted an action and obtained an order of injunction against Gbawe however, Gbawe in return obtained an order of mandamus against AMA to demolish structures at Akokofoto claiming that the land belongs to them hence, the higgledy-piggledy.
The statement noted that it is horrendous to believe how the law can allow one to invoke an order of mandamus over a land already placed on an injunction.
The Registrar also added that since Nii Adote Obour II was destooled, the process involved in removing his name from the Gazette has been very slow and bureaucratic.
Therefore, some individuals have created the negative impression that the land do not belong to Nii Adote Otintor II implying that they can seize and take over Sempe lands.
However, the Sempe Stool has instructed its solicitor to ensure that all lands and properties including human lives, wherever situated are strongly defended and protected by law.
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