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Opinions of Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

The alleged Kumawuhene is desperately running helter-skelter

The intensity of the heat on Dr Yaw Sarfo, the alleged Kumawuhene Barima Tweneboa Kodua, to make public a certified true copy of the Chieftaincy Declaration forms he filled out, subsequent upon which he was accepted and gazetted as Kumawu Omanhene is mounting to his discomfort.

On Tuesday 2 August 2016, the association, “Kumawuman Subjects Living Home and Abroad” at their mammoth Press Conference organised at Kumawu declared their unrelenting interest in having a certified true copy of the Chieftaincy Declaration Forms filled out by Dr Yaw Sarfo before he was gazetted, amid doubts, as Kumawuhene.

The members of the association are desirous of bringing about peace and harmony among the people of the locality to guarantee the eventual infrastructural and human resource development in the area. To attain their good intentions, they first need to rid the place of the chieftaincy disputes dating from the early years of the late Kumawuhene Barima Asumadu Sakyi II ascending to the Kumawu Kodua stool.

Hardly had he ascended the throne when he was caught to have embezzled stool funds; the start of the acrimoniously ruinous chieftaincy disputes that have since deprived Kumawu and by extension, Kumawuman, of any essential developments for the past forty years.

After his death in June 2007, the dispute continues to exacerbate. This is all because of the resolute determination by Kumawuhemaa Nana Abenaa Serwaah Amponsah, who is alleged to have stolen the historic “Abamoo” artefact/doll dating over 300 years, sold it in a foreign land and again, colluding with the Asante Overlord and other Asanteman chiefs to impose one puppet on Kumawuman as their Omanhene. This is all with the intention to have unrestrained access to continue to exploit the resources of Kumawwuman for their selfish ends.

To avoid any further exploitation of Kumawuman by whomever, and to solve the chieftaincy disputes once and for all in order to put Kumawuman on track for development, “Kumawuman Subjects Living Home and Abroad” has issued a gentle ultimatum to Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua to furnish them with a certified true copy of the Chieftaincy Declaration Forms he filled out upon which he was accepted and gazetted as Kumawuhene.

When they get the forms and are satisfied with their authenticity, they will in turn negotiate through putting pressure on the faction contesting the legitimacy of Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua to bury the hatchet so as to bring about not only peace and harmony to Kumawuman but speedy development.

Is the above request any big deal that Dr Yaw Sarfo and his cronies can’t fulfil?

Following the Press Conference, the alleged Kumawuhene Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua has gone on television declaring with shameless pomposity and audacity that he is the one and only legitimate Kumawuhene because he was enstooled by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asante Overlord, and again, he has been gazetted.

Yes, he was enstooled by Asantehene and has been gazetted. However, is Asantehene who enstools a candidate as Kumawuhene? Is the process taken to install Dr Yaw Sarfo as Kumawuhene not at variance with existing Kumawu traditions and custom?

In the wake of the Press Conference, a dubious association calling itself “The Progressive Youth of Kumawu”, chaired by one Mr Yaw Gyamfi Koduah, has sprung up intending to counter the dynamic “Kumawuman Subjects Living Home and Abroad” through utter lies and fabrications all of which are the figment of their imagination. Check their counter publication at,

I have checked and there is no association registered in Ghana as “The Progressive Youth of Kumawu”. It’s a quack organization same as Dr Yaw Sarfo aka Barima Sarfo Tweneboa is.

Is it hard to produce the requested document? If it is, then be it known to him that he can run but he can’t hide!

There is no way that Asantehene, Nana Abenaa Serwaah (now in Toronto caring for her newly born grandchild), the colluding Asanteman chiefs and Dr Yaw Sarfo will be allowed to continue to toy with Kumawuman and the collective interests of the subjects.

Now that the decision has been taken, there is no backtracking – “When the heart decides, there is no turning back” or better still, “When the dice is cast, there is no turning back”.

More grease to the elbows of the membership of “Kumawuman Subjects Living Home and Abroad” for your intention is noble and your action taken in the nick of time to save Kumawuman from the ravaging corruption and ill-will in clear perpetration by Asantehene, Kumawuhemaa and the Asanteman Council.