Story: Samuel Duodu, Dormaa-Ahenkro
The Omanhene of Dormaa Traditional Area and a member of the Brong Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs, Osagyefo Osedeayo Agyeman Badu II has challenged claims by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II that ‘people should not make the mistake that Asanteman exercised authority over certain paramountcies in the Brong Ahafo Region’.
He stated that that claims by the Asantehene that Brong Ahafo Region falls under his customary authority was palpably false and deceptive and, therefore, the chiefs and people of Dormaa wish to emphatically state that the Dormaa Traditional Area does not fall within Asanteman.
The Dormaahene who reacted to the claims purported to have been made by the Asantehene during the first meeting of the Asanteman Council held at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on February 18, 2008 and carried on page 14 of the Daily Graphic of February 20, 2008, described the statement attributed to the Asantehene as unfortunate.
Nana Agyeman Badu, who is also the President of the Dormaa Traditional Council, said this after an emergency meeting of the traditional council held at the Ambrapedease Palace at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region last Thursday.
The Dormaahene asked the Asantehene to go to court as he was prepared to meet him in that forum to settle the matter.
He stated that the Dormaa Traditional Area stretching from Bomaa in the Tano North District, Abesim, Chiraa, part of Sunyani, Dormaa Municipality and Dormaa East District Assembly fell under his customary jurisdiction and had been in his absolute control since time immemorial.
The Dormaahene stated further that it was also a fact that other major areas of the Brong Ahafo Region fell within the customary domain of certain paramount chiefs in Brong Ahafo, with the Asantehene having no customary authority over them.