It’s been barely eight years without a unified leadership following the demise of Nana Osei Bonsu IV, the paramount chief of Asato traditional area in the Kadjebi District, a suburb of the Oti region, leading to disputes from various contending factions over who should be the next Over-Lord of the area.

The youth in the area believes some elders and Kingmakers of the Asato traditional area had neglected the interest of the Asatoman and were only interested in fighting among themselves over which candidate of their choice would suit their interest.

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‘’there has not been a single developmental initiative or achievement by our elders and sub-chiefs since the death of Nana Osei Bonsu, and it is very sad.

Some are only interested in joining hands with illegal chain saw operators to ply their trade and pocket the proceeds. There is no unity even among us, division everywhere’’, Peter Aduam, convener for the youth has noted.

‘’if there are any names to mention then we won’t have to look further than our Queen Mother, Nana Serwaa Bonsu who has ruled for over 20 years and she can’t even account for a single initiative that has ever benefited Asatoman.

With backings from Nana Osei Kwadwo, our Baamuhene, who has over the years been styling himself as the regent of Asatoman, there has never been unity among us, they are only interested in imposing their candidate on us, and with that entrenched position, we don’t see Asatoman becoming peaceful soon’’, he added.

According to documents intercepted, the police in the area, on the instruction of the Inspector General of Police had since 2016, applied for an execution of bond to restrain contending factions from installing anyone as the paramount chief of Asato until an amicable conclusion was reached.

The Police said it received information about the confinement of one Sergeant Kwaku Pedison and one other Kwabena Asante from a different faction to be installed as paramount chiefs of the Asato Traditional area, and because it was a possible call to stoke mayhem among the two, invited the kingmakers and some other sub chiefs to a District Security Committee (DISEC) meeting on several occasions where it was advised that all differences be settled and come out with the choice of Asatoman.

On 19th October 2017 however, the police said it received another letter from the Asatoman traditional council, inviting them (police) for the outdooring of Kwabena Asante, with the title of Osaberima Osei Bonsu V, together with other divisional chiefs on 9th December 2017.

This new development led to another DISEC meeting, in the office of the then District Chief Executive, in the presence of Nana Osei Kwadwo (self -styled regent of Asato), Nana Akwasi Kram II (Adontenhene), Nana Amoah Nyarko (Odikuro of Gyamonome), the late Abusuapanyin Lucas Kamkam and one other Ohene Agya Akre.

The other faction also included Nana Aboagye Agyei II (Krontihene), Nana Ofori Kai Berempong (Nifa Hene) Okyeame Amoako, Joseph Acquah (Nkwankwaahene) and Abusuapanyin William Kwane.

At the meeting, Nana Aboagye II stated he disagreed with the installation of Osaberima Osei V , a nominee of Nana Osei Kwadwo and that he had nominated Phillip Kwaku Pedison as the rightful successor of their late chief, Nana Osei Bonsu IV.

The DISEC since 13th November 2017, following series of contentions had placed an indefinite ban ‘’ on any outdooring of a paramount chief for Asatoman until a notice was received from the Volta Regional House of Chiefs or a court of competent jurisdiction or the entirety of Asatoman, clarifying issues and notifying it with duly nominated Paramount Chief’’.

Stay tuned.

By Samuel Ansah Boateng

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