The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo has described as illegal the purported installation of Dr. Kelvin Tackie Abia as the new Ga Mantse.
The 44-year-old entrepreneur was over the weekend installed chief of the Ga State despite the existence of another chief who was installed in 2009.
The Ga Traditional Council has disassociated itself from the installation saying it only recognizes King Adama Latse II as the Ga Manste.Speaking to Citi News, the Greater Accra Regional Minister Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo said no one can hold himself as Ga Mantse without going through the right process.
He explained that “before one can call himself a chief, he must be accepted by the traditional authorities within the area where that particular person comes from. Then from there, information and documents will be given to the regional house of chiefs where they will also approve of whatever nomination done by the traditional council.”
The Ga Paramount stool has also rejected claims that a new chief has been installed for the Ga Traditional Area saying it “must be treated with the contempt it deserves.”
“The Ga Djaase wishes to affirm that there is a Ga Mantse in the person of Boni Nii Tackie Adaman Latse II who was installed on the 11th June, 2011, and has been performing his traditional duties to date without any hindrance whatsoever from any quarter,” they added in a statement.
The statement further added that the current Ga Mantse, Boni Nii Tackie Adama Latse II has been gazzated by the National House of Chiefs in the National Register of chiefs on the 24th April 2015 as a paramount chief and Ga Mantse in succession to the Late Ga Mantse Boni Nii Amugi II.
“The Ga Paramount Stool Djaase, therefore wishes to assure the general public that there is no cause of alarm and that this year’s Ga Homowo festival will be peacefully celebrated.”