Tension is mounting in the Peki Traditional Area in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on a disputed land boundary case between the Pekis and Tsitos.
The Adontenhene of Peki Traditional area, Togbe Ayim Mordey VI, said reports that Tsito Chiefs are mobilising to celebrate because they claim the ruling scheduled for Wednesday would be in their favour.
The Supreme Court ruling on the Peki-Tsito land case will determine whether the substantive case before the Land Court four at the High Court will be continued or struck out.
The ruling will also determine if the 1979 court of appeal judgement which was cancelled by the Supreme Court ruling of March 30, 1992, which was struck off for lack of jurisdiction will be restored.
Speaking at presser in Peki Avetile, Togbe Ayim narrated that the Chief of Tsito, Togbe Gobo Darke XII, led a delegation to a church service of the Apostles Revelation Society (ARS) at Dededo-Peki, a community in the disputed land, to solicit their support in raising funds to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on the Tsito-Peki land case, which they [Tsito Chiefs] are optimistic will be in their favour.
Togbe Ayim described the actions of the Tsito Chiefs as “contemptuous of the powers of the Supreme Court and demand that they [Tsito Chiefs] be cited for contempt”.
He, therefore, appealed to the Chief Justice to constitute a committee to inquire into the ‘contemptuous act’ by the Tsito Chiefs, and reiterated the confidence of the Chiefs and people of Peki in the Judiciary “to do justice in the matter.”
The then Stool Lands Boundaries Settlement Commission began hearing on the disputed land in 1957.
The case was later transferred to High Court after the Commission was abolished by the Stool Lands Boundary Settlement (Repeal) Act, 2,000, Act 587.