THE Omanhene of Sunyani Traditional Area, Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri II, has called on the Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyeman Badu II, to halt the sale of Sunyani lands.
He also called on the Dormaahene to close down the office of the Dormaa Stool Lands Secretariat in Sunyani since it was creating tension between the two traditional areas.
According to him, the actions of the Dormaahene were an affront to the sovereignty of the chiefs and people of the Sunyani Traditional Area, and must be halted immediately to prevent the situation from degenerating into a conflict.
He stated that the chiefs and people of Sunyani and Dormaa traditional areas had co-existed peacefully for years but the recent actions of the Dormaahene to overstep his boundaries to sell Sunyani lands which were government-vested had led to tension and the breach of the peace.
Nana Asor Nkrawiri made the call at a press conference at his palace in Sunyani to impress on the Dormaahene to halt these actions, which he said were creating unnecessary tension between the two traditional areas.
“We are using this platform to appeal to the conscience of the Dormaahene to halt the sale of Sunyani lands and close down his stool land secretariat office in Sunyani immediately for peace to prevail,” he emphasised.
According to the Sunyanihene, it was land and chieftaincy disputes that had led to violent clashes in some parts of the country in recent times and, therefore, urged the Dormaahene not to allow the situation to degenerate.
Nana Asor Nkrawiri explained that the boundary between the two traditional areas ended just behind the Tyco Filling Station on the Sunyani-Kumasi road at Abesim but the Dormaahene had overstepped the boundary to the police barrier near the Sunyani Senior High School (SHS).
Nana Asor Nkrawiri added that in order not to destroy the laid down master plan for Sunyani, which was reputed to be one of the most beautiful planned cities in the country, there was the need to call the Dormaahene to order to stop the indiscriminate sale of Sunyani lands, which he was laying claim to.
He also alleged that the indiscriminate sale of Sunyani lands by the Dormaahene had led to the formation of land guards who visited mayhem on innocent people who dared to confront them, adding that those said land guards claimed they had been hired by the Dormaahene to protect lands.
On the creation of the new Sunyani West District, which was carved out of the Sunyani Municipality, Nana Asor Nkrawiri called on the politicians to involve traditional rulers in the demarcation of boundaries in order not create further land dispute and tensions in the area.
When the Dormaahene was contacted on telephone, he declined to comment on the issue and said he would respond at the appropriate time.