Another Chief ‘sacked’ by Otumfuo over galamsey activities

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Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has taken the decision to remove Nana Saforo Koto from his position as the Chief of Bekwai-Abodom. This decision was made due to Nana Saforo Koto’s inability to defend himself against around 20 allegations put forth by concerned residents within his jurisdiction.

The majority of these allegations revolve around the alleged unauthorized sale of land to illegal miners, which has contributed to the proliferation of harmful illegal small-scale mining activities, locally known as ‘galamsey.’ These activities have resulted in severe ecological damage to local water sources.

Furthermore, Nana Saforo Koto is accused of neglecting his community duties for a prolonged period spanning seven years, resulting in the abandonment of important traditional rituals and practices within his jurisdiction, including vital customary activities.

His subordinates, operating under his leadership, have raised concerns over his apparent disregard for essential traditional practices associated with his chieftaincy.

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During a session of the Asanteman Traditional Council, Otumfuo Kyeame Kwaku Owusu, a prominent representative of Asantehene, disclosed that despite being provided the opportunity to address the allegations at the committee level, Nana Saforo Koto failed to provide satisfactory explanations.

After careful consideration of various viewpoints from divisional chiefs and thorough examination of available evidence, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II found Nana Saforo Koto to be at fault on all counts. Subsequently, the decision was made to strip him of his title.

As the 25th Anniversary celebration of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II approaches, it has been indicated that other chiefs involved in illegal mining activities could also face destoolment if proven guilty. This firm measure is intended to combat the detrimental pollution of river bodies caused by unlawful mining practices.

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