Elders of the Ga State say they are preparing the stage for the installation of a legitimate Ga Mantse, or Paramount Chief, who will be accepted by all the different factions within the traditional state.
Accra has been without a legitimate Paramount Chief since the death of Nii Amugi Ga Mantse more than a decade ago.
However, this week the elders outdoored a Kingmaker at Ga Mashie, setting the stage for the installation of a legitimate Ga Mantse.
Nii Amugi Ga Mantse
Nii Okan IV, Osiahene of Ga, announced the selection of Nii Ajumanko as Dzaasetse (King Maker) at a media event recently.
“This young man [King Maker] can reign for at least years or more, so we have a lot of time to organise the Ga State and restore our glory. We ask God, all Gas and Ghanaians to and the President as well to support him,” he said in Ga language.
With the installation of a King Maker, the search for a legitimate Ga Mantse begins.
Gas custom and tradition stipulates that it is only the Dzaasetse who has the power to select and declare a native of the Ga State Paramount Chief.
The installation of the King Maker is part of a series of measures aimed at bringing unity and development in the highly divided Ga State.
King Ayi Tunnma II, Asafoatse of the Ga State, recently acknowledged that challenges with land management in the country, especially in Accra, will continue to bedevil the country unless personnel of land administration institutions “change their attitude to work”.
He said lack of enforcement of land laws and policies, poor and uncontrolled developments are also to be blamed for the land management challenges in the Ga-Dangbe traditional area.
“It should be emphasized that it is not the building that will streamline land administration in the country rather it is the attitude of the staff and programs of the lands sector agencies,” he said.
He then revealed in a press statement that the people of the Ga-Dangbe traditional area have initiated the Ga-Dangbe Lands Administration process to avoid lands litigation and chieftaincy dispute for the people of Ga-Dangbe as well as the people of Ghana “and by so doing we will grant freedom and justice”.