Otumfuo Destools Sub-chief over illegal land sale

In a significant development within the Kumasi Traditional Council, the revered Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has taken the bold step of destooling the Abuontemhene, Nana Kwaku Duah III, for his alleged involvement in the illegal sale of lands under his jurisdiction.

This decision was announced during a crucial meeting convened at the Menhyia Palace on Monday, August 21, 2023, where the council gathered to address these troubling allegations.

The decision to strip Nana Kwaku Duah III of his position as a divisional chief stemmed from serious accusations brought forward by his fellow subchiefs.

These subchiefs accused him of not only disregarding the directives of the highly respected Asantehene but also of engaging in the sale of lands, including one that was the subject of an ongoing investigation and had been issued a trespassing warning by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II himself.

The subchiefs presented a litany of allegations, including claims that Nana Kwaku Duah III used Otumfuo’s name to gain approval for his activities on the disputed land, despite the ongoing investigation. Furthermore, they accused him of encroaching upon territory belonging to others and facilitating land sales without proper authorization.

In response to these allegations, Nana Kwaku Duah III denied the specific accusation of using Otumfuo’s name as leverage for his actions. However, he did acknowledge his presence on the land but asserted that he had allowed others to work on it with his permission.

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During the proceedings, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II graciously provided an opportunity for the subchiefs to voice their opinions on the matter. Unanimously, the subchiefs called for Nana Kwaku Duah III’s removal from his position due to his alleged disobedience and misconduct.

In response to this collective call, Otumfuo made the solemn announcement to destool Nana Kwaku Duah III. He emphasized that Nana Kwaku Duah III’s actions had not only violated his authority but had also defied his direct orders.

In the words of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, “For me saying that nobody should go to the said land, and for you to go there, you have disrespected his lordship, of which you can no longer remain a chief. Tell them for them to know that even sitting on that throne, you are not from the royal family.”

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This decisive action by the Asantehene underscores the importance of upholding traditional customs and respecting the authority of traditional leaders in Ghana. It also serves as a powerful reminder that those entrusted with positions of leadership must adhere to their responsibilities and act in accordance with the law and the wishes of their communities.

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