Naa Professor John Nabila

The National House of Chiefs and the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, which have been jointly cited in a contempt case, have avoided being fined or imprisoned by the court.

A Kumasi High Court was billed to give its ruling yesterday in a contempt case brought before it by four paramount chiefs in the Brong Ahafo region against the National House of Chiefs and the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs.

However, counsel for the two respondents, on Monday night, acting on the orders of the two chieftaincy institutions, wrote a letter to Nana Obiri Boahen, counsel for the four aggrieved chiefs, indicating plans to finally enter their names into the register of the National House of Chiefs and induct them into the House, thereby ending the legal tussle.

The letter set aside March 8, 2012 for the swearing-in ceremony to officially induct the four chiefs – Nana Oduro Boama, Omanhene of Tanoboase; Nana Kwaku Yiadom Boakye, Omanhene of Tanoso; Nana Osei Kofi Abiri, Omanhene of Kenyase No.1 and Nana Asare Baffour II, Omanhene of Tuobodom – into the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs.

The court, at its sitting yesterday, had no option than to accept the plea of the respondents. It therefore gave them up to March 12 to return to the court to inform it about the outcome of events.

The National House of Chiefs and the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, in a High Court ruling on November 29, 2010, were ordered to enter the names of the four paramount chiefs into the register of the National House of Chiefs after their elevation to paramountcies by the occupant of the Golden Stool in 1996.

Since the ruling was delivered about two years ago, the two respondents had failed to comply, giving cause for worry by the applicants and their people, a situation which led to the contempt suit.

What might have delayed the induction of the four paramount chiefs into the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs was the stiff opposition of some chiefs in the region, notably the Techimanhene, who had kicked against the elevation of three of the said chiefs by the Asantehene.

The Kenyase No.1 chief had his induction into the House stalled by a faction who challenged his legitimacy to the stool. However, the matter was settled after he was cleared by the court about two years ago. But the House had since failed to recognise the four chiefs even though there were no outstanding cases against them.

Source Daily Guide Ghana

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