Crime & Punishment of Friday, 30 August 2013
A pastor and a traditional priest who fought in public over juju money at Adansi Anwiaso in the Adansi North District in the Ashanti Region have been fined GHc50 each by the traditional authorities.
Part of the fine is to be used to buy drinks to appease the gods of the land for the disrespect and the curse the two had brought to the area.
The two persons, Nana Boafo Mosi of the Boafo Mosi Shrine at Adansi Anwiaso and Rev. Dr. Bright Nana Okai Ababio of the Life Chapel International Ministry at Kyekyewere, near Obuasi, were summoned to appear before the chief’s court last Tuesday for the offence of fighting in public, in contravention of traditional laws.
When the two appeared before Council at the chief’s court, presided over by the Anwiasohene, Nana Kwantwi Sarfo II, they admitted their guilt and consequently paid the fine.
Each of them was asked to explain the circumstances leading to the fracas, but Rev. Ababio refused to give details.
Although the pastor denied the allegation leveled against him by the fetish priest that he [pastor] owed him GHc1,050 in respect of the juju he prepared for the pastor to grow his church, he refused to give further details.
According to Rev. Ababio, he had lodged a complaint with the police against Nana Mosi and as a result he could not give further details of the case.
The traditional priest told the chiefs that Rev. Ababio had contacted him for spiritual intervention to enable him to develop his church, which at that time had only nine members.
Nana Mosi said he charged the pastor GHc1,200 for the juju, but the pastor paid GHc150 and promised to pay the remaining amount on an agreed date.
The fetish priest said he did everything for the pastor and within two weeks the pastor himself called to inform him that the membership of the church had grown beyond his imagination.
Having fulfilled his part of the contract, Nana Mosi said he demanded the remaining amount from the pastor, but the pastor refused to honour the promise to pay the amount.
The fetish priest said he had no option but to confront the pastor on his adopted church premises at Adansi Anwiaso last Friday, to demand his money.