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Opinions of Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Why Kumawu Traditional Council loses her farmland at Woraponso

By Rockson Adofo

I was sold a two-hundred acre of farmland at Woraponso in the Ashanti region by the late Kumawuhene Barima Asumadu Sakyi II and the Kumawu Traditional Council many years ago.

I have never had any peace of mind but problems upon problems emanating from law suits over the ownership of the land.

Some people at both Yawso in the Asante Akyem area and Okaikrom, a village in the Asante Asokore area had been battling me in High Courts claiming ownership of the land.

In the end, a Kumasi High Court judge has pronounced judgment in their favour. In the ruling, the judge in part claimed the land belongs to the Yawso stool but not Kumawuhene.

When a copy of the ruling with a cover letter from me was taken to the Kumawu Traditional Council (KTC) via the registrar of KTC, he accepted the letter but refused to sign the attached acknowledgment of receipt note that could have been posted back to me in London to confirm that the KTC have received the copy of the ruling taken to them by my representative in Ghana.

The registrar and other sub-chiefs who were present when the letter or the copy of the court ruling was taken to the KTC said, how could Kumawuhene Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua offer me any help since I am his avid critic as Kumawuhene.

The document/letter was addressed to the KTC via the registrar but not Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua. Even though he is the president of the KTC, the document/letter was addressed to the council so the question of whether I hate him or not, does not come in.

I do not hate him as a person but his illegal enstoolment and his ineligibility as Kumawu royal. The fact that I am against the illegal enstoolment of Dr. Yaw Sarfo as Kumawuhene who goes by the stool name Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua does not justify their reason to let go a parcel of land that belongs to Kumawuman.

In their quest to punish me; to show me where the power lies as we used to say when we were growing up and on occasions when we wanted to prove how powerful we were, they will let the Yawso and Okaikrom families take the land as belonging to the Yawso stool but not the Kumawu Kodua stool.

This mentality is very childish. This attitude tells the quality and mentality of people claiming to be the traditional leaders of Kumawu.

Let it be known to them that I have nothing to lose as I shall soon be suing the Kumawu Traditional Council. I had already notified you about what I have lost as a result of the court’s verdict.

As at writing, today, Friday 16 December 2016, a bailiff, two policemen and a number of the family members from Yawso and Okaikrom have gone to the land to serve a notice of eviction on my representative in Ghana.

I care but I am not perturbed since I shall sue the KTC to recuperate all the millions of Ghana Cedis I have so far invested in the project.

I have prioritized my needs and when the time comes to take on the KTC, they will regret their folly as until now displayed. How on earth do they expect me to respect them if they display such attitudes of little-mindedness?

He does not support Dr. Yaw Sarfo so let him lose his property to teach him a lesson. Losing my property, Kumawuman loses her land. They don’t care as long as Rockson Adofo, their archenemy loses his investment.

I am not materialistic but as long as God lives to protect and grant me long life, all shall soon be well with me when I hold them to account.