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Opinions of Saturday, 13 February 2016

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Open letter to the Kumawu District Chief Executive

Dear Honourable DCE,

You are welcome to Kumawu, the land of my birth and the land of historically courageous and peace-loving people who always aspire to ensure the prevalence of justice, peace and tranquillity in the locality.

My attention has been drawn to an instance of an on-going act of injustice of which you are very much aware of, and somehow involved in. It concerns one Mr Kaakyire Badu Akyena and his crucial quest for the renewal of his licence to operate his Kaakyire Badu Information Centre at Kumawu-Etia. This Information Centre is understandably affiliated to Kessben FM station.

On the night of Saturday 30th January 2016, the operator of the Centre, Mr Kaakyire Badu Akyena, was paid to put out an announcement to the locals of Kumawuman regarding the celebration of Kumawuhene Barimah Tweneboah Koduah V's 1st Year Akwasidae anniversary scheduled for Sunday, 31st January 2016.

It is understood that a handful of Kumawu "Ahenfie Boys" (palace boys) at the behest of one Kumawuhene Barimah Sarfo Tweneboah Koduah who in his private life is called Dr Yaw Sarfo, went and destroyed some of the radio equipment at the said Information Centre. Their motive behind their criminal undertaking was that Kaakyire's announcement was made against Barimah Sarfo Tweneboah Koduah. How was that possible?

Did he announce for people to go and attack Dr Yaw Sarfo? Did he announce that nobody should attend Dr Yaw Sarfo's own Akwasidae celebrations? Did he mention anything relating to the ineligibility of Barimah Sarfo Tweneboah Koduah as Kumawuhene? If all the answers to the three questions are a NO, then how was his announcement against Barimah Sarfo Tweneboah Koduah to warrant the destruction of his Information Centre radio equipment?

I understand his operating licence had run out at the time of placing out the announcement. Now, his attempts to get his licence renewed are met with only frustrations and intentionally-erected obstacles, even though he has paid all the necessary fee(s) to your department in charge of issuing and renewal licences of that sort.

What is the cause of the delay in renewing the licence for him? Have you been paid the full cost of the licence and if yes, when were you paid and when will the licence be renewed and ready for collection by him?

From my investigations, I have established that Barimah Sarfo Tweneboah Koduah is goading the Kumawu District Police Commander into preferring charges against the Information Centre's owner and operative – Kaakyire Badu Akyena. By the extension of their nefarious plans, your office is being influenced or manipulated not to renew the licence for him.

Please, bear in mind that he cannot be charged with causing fear and panic in Kumawuman as it is secretly being mooted by the Kumawu District Police Commander. How did he cause fear and panic in public? Does Barimah Tweneboah Koduah V not celebrate Akwasidae whenever it is due since his enthronement as Kumawuhene, whether it is announced in the media or not? Is it the first time that his celebrations have become public knowledge? What are the indicators that Kaakyire was causing fear and panic?

If the "Ahenfie Boys" by being yobs and little-minded decided to destroy his electronic equipment, why should they not be arrested and charged but Kaakyire Badu? Is the District Police Commander not rather encouraging the Ahenfie yobs to get away with blue murder?

Renewing his licence or being fallaciously charged with causing fear and panic in public are two different things. Therefore, I shall plead with you to renew the licence for him unless you condone the attempts by Dr Yaw Sarfo to kill Kaakyire's Information Centre business.

If he is guilty of any crime, then arraign him on whatever criminal charges that have crossed the minds of Dr Yaw Sarfo and the Kumawu District Police Commander.

I shall be monitoring how your District Office reacts to the issue of renewing the licence for him and the needless pressure being exerted on you not to.

Anyway, is the District Police Commander not under you? Are the District Co-ordinator and the Planning Officer also not under you? By their actions, are they not trying to undermine your authority?

Yours Faithfully,

Rockson Adofo