Okuapehene to confront 14 days prison term over scorn

The ‘Okuapehene’ of Akropong-Akuapem, Odehye Kwadwo Kese along with one Abrewatia Lilly Agyemang have been sentenced for scorn by a Koforidua High Court in the Eastern Region.

The two have been sentenced by the court directed by Justice Doris Dabanka-Bekoe to a fine of GH¢10,000 for which they hazard going through 14 days in jail on the off chance that they neglect to pay the fine inside seven days of the court’s judgment.

In a Daily Guide report located by GhanaWeb, the judgment returns at the of a suit documented by Nana Afua Nketiaa Obuo II, the Ohemaa of Akuapem Traditional Area and Nana Kwesi Omenako II, the Asonahene of Akuapem against the contemnors for outrightly overlooking the judgment of the Judicial Committee of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs.

The Judicial Committee in a decision on April 30, 2020, invalidated the designation, choice and enstoolment of Odehye Kwasi Akuffo as Okuapehene, on grounds that the cycles prompting his establishment were not done as per custom, subsequently were invalid and void.

Thusly, the panel coordinated the Queenmother of the Akuapem Traditional Area, presented with the standard duty, to designate a possibility to mount the Ofori Kuma Stool as Okuapehene to recommence the way toward finding and introducing another Okuapehene.

She was to reconduct the designation and determination interaction of another Okuapehene in meeting with the Asonahene of Akuapem, in light of the fact that, “the cycle of assignment and choice is a matter only for the Adehye of the Asona Clan, and no other individual or substance.”

As indicated by realities of the suit, nonetheless, Abrewatia Lilly Agyemang on May 1, 2020, in conspicuous negligence of the sets of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs Judicial Committee, designated and chose Odehye Kwadwo Kesse for enstoolment as Okuapehene.

The High Court held that the Abrewatia acted without the contribution of the other five (5) senior female individuals, ordinarily known as Mmeampanyinfo, in spite of the order of the Judicial Committee.

In the court’s view, the one-sided demonstration of Lilly Agyemang, in this way by-passing the Queenmother of the Akuapem Traditional Area, who has the sole right to designate and choose the Okuapehene, negated the immediate orders of the Judicial Committee, and established a disdain of court.

As indicated by the suit, the respondents at all material occasions realized that the candidates had been hauled under the watchful eye of court for committal procedures, for overlooking the pendency of a movement on notice to limit them from proceeding with the outdooring of Odehye Kwasi Akuffo and Odehye Kwadwo Kesse as Okuapehene.

The suit again expresses that the respondents probably realized that the determination, establishment and outdooring of Odehye Kwadwo Kesse as Okuapehene from May 1, 2020, to May 3, 2020, were acts that were in clear contradiction of the sets of the Eastern Regional House of Chief.

The candidates in this way supplicated the court to see the respondents as liable of hatred and make any request assurance it considered fit.

The High Court subsequent to hearing the matter confirmed that Odehye KwadwoKese and Abrewatia Lilly Agyemang were liable of scorn of court thus indicted them to a fine of GHc10,000 each, or in default go to prison for 14 days.

Day by day Guide anyway reports that it is yet not satisfactory if the contemnors have recorded any interaction to challenge the choice of the court.

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