Tension Mounts At Gomoa Fete
TENSION IS gradually mounting at Gomoa Fete in the Central Region over the celebration of the annual Akwambo festival.
According to DAILY GUIDE investigations, if government does not step in to cancel this year’s Akwambo festival celebrated by the people of Fete, there may be bloodshed.
In view of this, the town’s traditional council has written a petition to President Mills copied to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and other stakeholders asking them to ensure the festival will not be celebrated this year.
Addressing a press conference at Gomoa Assin on Monday, the Paramount Chief of Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Area, Obrefo Ahunako Ankobea accused Central Regional Police Commander, DCOP Stephen Andoh Kwofie and the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Kingsley Ahunu Armah of taking sides in the long standing chieftaincy dispute in the area despite efforts by the traditional council to resolve the issue amicably.
Obrefo Ankobea noted that it was the responsibility of the traditional council to ensure total peace in the area hence the need to assign people to investigate what dangers may arise if the festival is held.
“Our investigations reveal that if we allow the two factions to participate in the festival there will be bloodshed so the traditional council decided to set up a six member committee to steer the affairs of the festival,” the chief said.
“I was there when the DCE called to inform me that he would like to have a meeting with the traditional council with respect to the decision and when I gave him time, he invaded the traditional council with a police officer, a situation which put fear in us,” he added.
The paramount chief expressed concern about the way the regional police commander allegedly called him personally to inform him that the festival will come on whether the traditional council likes it or not and that the police were ready to arrest anybody who will cause any confusion.
“Do we have to wait for people to kill themselves before the police will come in to arrest people?” he asked.
Obrefo Ankobea bemoaned the situation whereby the DCE and police boss wanted to disobey his authority and wondered whether the two were the paramount chiefs of the area.
He noted that festivals are used to promote peace and development so he will not sit down unconcerned for the two men to destroy the beauty of their tradition.
On his part, the Omankrado of the area, Kwa Adofrakye V described the DCE as a troublesome DCE, claiming he has never promoted peace since he was appointed and called on President Mills to take a second look at the DCE’s action.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that there has been chieftaincy litigation at Gomoa Fete for the past 15 years and that the area has experienced bloodshed during every Akwambo festival.
About two years ago, the festival was incident free because the paramount chief designated two chiefs to manage it and the two factions were ordered to stay away from the event.
According to DAILY GUIDE investigations, one of the chiefs fighting over the throne had his name in the national chieftaincy book but the traditional council does not recognize him as such.
Meanwhile all the chiefs under the traditional council have pledged their commitment to resist any alleged attempt by the regional police boss and the DCE who has been met with a lot of demonstrations by his own party members due to poor performance.
Dressed in red cloths signifying their displeasure over the matter, the chiefs appealed to the regional commander and the DCE to be bold and tell the traditional council if they were interested in the paramountcy.
“We are ready to install them as the paramount chiefs of this area to save the area from intimidation,” they vowed.
From Sarah Owusu-Darlington, Gomoa Fete