Destooled Abuontem chief faces prosecution over multiple sale of lands – Manhyia Palace

Picture: Abuontemhene Nana Kwaku Duah III was hauled before the Kumasi Traditional Council chaired by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

The chief of Abuontem in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti Region is the latest to be destooled by the Kumasi Traditional Council chaired by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Nana Kwaku Duah III was summoned before the Asante King on Monday (21 August) to respond to charges levelled against him by his elders including the illegal sale of disputed lands.

He is reported to have hired thugs to assault his elders who disagreed with him on issues. After all divisional chiefs had offered their submission on the accusations levelled against him, Nana Kwaku Duah III was pronounced guilty of the charges. The Asantehene ordered his destoolment with immediate effect.

The King also handed him over to the police to face prosecution. A committee has since been set up to look into all land disputes in the community.

Some members of the royal family who were at the Manhyia Palace could not hide their excitement following the pronouncement.

The embattled chief becomes the third traditional ruler to have incurred the wrath of the Asantehene within the spate of two weeks.

The Chief of Adumoa in the Afigya Kwabre District, Nana Osei Tiri Ababio, and the Chief of Bekwai-Abodom, Nana Saforo Koto, lost their stools earlier this month.

The destoolments are mostly related to multiple sale of lands, sale of lands to illegal miners and violation of customary rites.

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