Dormaa Not For Asanteman: Dormaahene
Dormaa Not For Asanteman: Dormaahene Website
The Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeyo Agyeman Badu II, has stated that no part of the Dormaa traditional area in the Brong-Ahafo Region falls within the traditional authority of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. “No land within my traditional area belongs to the Asantehene,” he stated at a news conference here on Friday. Osagyefo Agyeman Badu was reacting to statements attributed to the Otumfuo that much of the Brong-Ahafo Region fall under his customary authority. On February 20, a national daily quoted the Asantehene as saying that: “People should not make the mistake that Brong-Ahafo is not part of Asanteman. It is, and I, the Asantehene, represent the authority of Asanteman.” The newspaper further quoted the Asantehene as saying that one important aspect of chieftaincy was authority and any chief from Brong-Ahafo who rebelled against him would not be entertained. The Asantehene was also said to have threatened to sue the Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs over its refusal to give automatic recognition to paramount chiefs in Brong-Ahafo who swear the oath of allegiance to him. Osagyefo Badu said "the statement attributed to the Otumfuo Asantehene is most unfortunate, palpably false and deceptive." He explained that the Dormaa traditional area, stretching from Bomaa in the Tano North District, Abesim, Chiraa, part of Sunyani, Dormaa municipality and the Dormaa had rebelled against him. ''The Dormaa Traditional Council challenges the Otumfuo to take the first step in disputing our claim if he owns the entire Brong-Ahafo Region,” he stated. Present at the press conference were the queenmother, Nana Akosua Fima Dwaben II, and the 55 divisional chiefs of Dormaa, including the Krontihene, Barimah Ansu Adjei and Gyaashene, Barimah Oppong Yaw Boabasu.