Feature Article of Sunday, 29 July 2012
Columnist: Fosu, John
Money "Swine" - the Queen of Ruin" will teach Kumawuman a bitter lesson.
Kumawuhemaa intransigently stands by her avowed determination to sell any available Kumawuman stool land, no matter how small or big it is, to defray any court expenses. She will use the proceeds to take on whoever brings a lawsuit against her bid to enthrone an Ankaase royal of her choice. Subsequently, she has connived with Agogohene, Kwamanghene and Kumawu krontihene to dispose of hundreds of thousands of Kumawuman stool lands in the Afram Plains to two foreign companies. She audaciously is carrying out these ruinous acts against Kumawuman because she has the tacit support of her soul mate, "Nana yen ka wa sem" - the Supreme overlord of Asanteman.
Stupid as she and kontrihene are, they have allowed Agogohene and Kwamanghene full control of the lands so leased or sold out in that dubious deal, even though Kumawu Stool has allodia title to the lands. The two nation wreckers are only interested in the small one-off kickback the crafty chiefs will give to them. Kumawuman gets nothing from the sale of the lands, which in the first place is illegal, and secondly, utter robbery. Neither of the chiefs with Asantehene inclusive, nor Kumawuhemaa and Kumawu kontrihene has the legal or traditional right to tamper with the boundaries, or the sale/lease, of Kumawuman stool lands. The only person with vested authority to do so is Kumawuhene. However, Kumawuman has no paramount chief as we speak.
Kumawuhemaa, Kumawu krontihene, Agogohene, Kwamanghene and the two foreign companies have the same defence lawyer. They will appear in court to contest the legality and the basis of the writ served on them by the Young Kumawu Patriots. The young patriots are a group of concerned Kumawu citizens that disagrees with, and finds it completely obnoxious the illegal encroachment on, and the disposition of, Kumawu Stool lands by the above-mentioned traditional leaders. They think to let go the lands their ancestors acquired through war, sweat and blood and bequeathed to them for their benefit and that of subsequent future generations, in the manner as highlighted above is morally wrong hence, suing the above named insatiably greedy persons.
Kumawuhemaa, a believer in spending spree, hence "money swine" has always bad intentions about Kumawu. The welfare of Kumawuman has never crossed her mind and it never will. She prefers dishing out the money that she could use to develop Kumawuman to outsiders at the expense of Kumawuman and her inhabitants. She had promised some chiefs sums of money ranging from GHC250, 000 (2.5 Billion Old Cedis) to GHC350, 000 (3.5 Billion Old Cedis) to each if they would help her enthrone a candidate of her choosing from the Ankaase "royal" family.
How could she effect payment of the money promised to the individuals? She was going to use the royalties paid to Kumawu Stool by the government for using Kumawu Stool lands - the encroaching devastation effects of the Volta river on Kumawu Stool lands because of the Akosombo dam. The government places the compensatory royalties in special Bank Account created, and supervised by the government, at the behest of the Courts. They did this to stop the late Barima Asumadu Sakyi II from further availing himself of the funds illegally as he did within the first few months of his enthronement. Barely had he ascended to the paramount throne when he stealthily withdrew then 1.5 Million Cedis, equivalent to then $1.5 Million US dollars from the Kumawu Stool compensatory royalty fund. This led to the rise of "Ya te asem", a Movement to remove him from the throne for being dishonest.
Anyway, any paramount chief after Barima Asumadu Sakyi II, the Destroyer of Kumawu and Kumawuman will have unfettered access to the blocked funds. You as Kumawuman citizens therefore need an honest, genuine royal who will use the money to develop Kumawuman to succeed the late Barima Asumadu Sakyi II. You do not need a crook, a weakling, an ineligible royal without foresight and without the love and welfare of Kummawuman people at heart to ascend to the Kumawu paramount throne.
From all that you have studied from me, Kumawuhemaa and her Ankaase royals are not legitimate royals. Further to that, they are recklessly ruinous especially, the Ohemaa. Because she is not a true royal, she is callous to the cause of Kumawuman and the people therein. She is behaving similarly as the biblical woman that called for splitting up a child she claimed as hers but the child really was not - "King Solomon discovered the true mother of the baby by her love for her child, and returned the living son to her". Therefore, do I call on you the noble citizens of Kumawuman to know your true royals to$B!!(Bwhom the throne must return.