The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brookland Ghana Limited, Yaw Twum Debrah has been confirmed as legitimate chief of Kade, in the Eastern Region, under stool name Osaberimah Asare Twe II.
His installation on December 31, 2013, at the palace of Okyehene Amoatia Ofori Panin, initially suffered a setback as another claimant to the stool, Osabarima Agyare Tenadu II, mounted a challenge against him.
However, Osabarima Agyare Tenadu II is alleged to have threatened the life of the Kade District Police Commander, Superintendent of Police Stephen Delaporte. He is currently on a GH?10, 000 bail sum with one surety to be justified at the Oda District Magistrate Court.
The Oda Divisional Police Command issued criminal summons to Osabarima Tenadu on August 8, 2014 to appear before the Oda District Magistrate Court, after he had ignored an invitation to the Oda Police to assist in investigations into the matter on three occasions.
The facts of the case, as presented by the prosecutor, ASP Joe Mike Adams, were that the Oda Divisional Police Commander, Chief Superintendent James Sarfo-Peprah, represented the Inspector General of Police at the burial of the late Chief Supt Emmanuel Kwame Darko Appiakorang (rtd.) in Kade on July 20, 2014.
He said during the funeral, the police had information that the Kwaebibirem District Security Committee (DISEC) had debarred Osabarima Tenadu from attending the funeral in their capacities as chiefs to promote peace in the area.
Mr. Adams said Chief Supt Sarfo-Peprah, therefore, went to Osabarima Tenadu’s residence to advise him to adhere to the DISEC order by not attending the funeral in his capacity as a chief.
He said Osabarima Tenadu defied the DISEC order and said nobody could prevent him from attending the funeral in his capacity as a chief.
Also, Osabarima Tenadu, according to reports, told Chief Supt Sarfo-Peprah that he would kill Mr. Delaporte wherever he met him.
According to Mr Adams, when Mr Delaporte was informed about the death threat, he lodged a formal complaint with the police for fear of his life.
ASP Adams pleaded with the court to remand Osabarima Tenadu in prison custody to enable the police complete their investigations, as he would tamper with investigations if he was freed.
Osabarima Tenadu, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, would reappear before the court, presided over by Kwesi Appiatse Abaidoo, on August 21, 2014.
Traditional Council ruling
Osabarima Asare Twe II’s installation comes on the back of the ruling of Thursday, December 5, 2013, that Osabarima Agyare Tenadu II, the beleaguered Chief of Kade be ousted and a new chief installed, with immediate effect.
It would be recalled that, Obaapanyin Akua Fosua, Abusuapanyin Otibu Asare, Nana Banchie Darko Ampem, Krontihene, Asafoatse Kofi Tinyase and Asafoatse Yaw Danso, on 9th October 2012, called on the council to address the violation of the traditional oath and failure by the chief to uphold all norms required of him as chief of the town.
They alleged that the chief, who was a defendant in the matter, had violated the code of ethics governing the chieftaincy institution and that, the refusal of the kingmakers from taking the necessary action, allowed any principal to institute that action.
To support their stand, they referred to the ruling by the Judicial Committee of the Akyem Abuakwa council on the 1st of May, 2001 in the matter of Nana Kwame Fanti Aduamoah II, Asonafohene of Kade (plaintiff) Vrs Nana Agyakoran Adutwum II Kadehene (Defendant) which plaintiff tendered as exhibit “A” attached to their Affidavit in support.
According to them, “the Ghana law report of 1977 page 348 paragraph 3 supports the contention that even the Krontihene alone who is a kingmaker can bring up an action.”
The defendant (Osabarima Agyare Tenadu II) pleaded not guilty of all the charges against him. He stated that all the charges leveled against him by the plaintiffs were unfounded.
The Chairman of the Judicial Committee of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council, Osabarima Kwame Koh II, giving his ruling at a sitting at Ofori Panyin Fie in Kibi, noted the judicial committee found the Chief guilty of 14; out of the 17 charges leveled against him.
Also, the committee ruled that the exhibit by the defendant (Osabarima Agyare Tenadu II) did not relate to the matter before the judicial committee and ordered for a custom to be performed to destool the defendant and a replacement made by the kingmakers.
The council also ordered Osabarima Agyare Tenadu II, to hand over all the stool paraphernalia to the Abusuapanyin for safe keeping until a new Chief was enstooled. The council further warned the ousted chief not to present himself as the Chief of Kade to the stool land office at Koforidua for the purpose of collecting “royalties”.
He was also asked to pay GH?5,000.00 as penalty to the court.