The Paramount Chief of Lower Dixcove, Nana Kwesi Agyeman IX, has declared his commitment to peace to end the impasse between his paramountcy and that of the Upper Dixcove.
It will be recalled that a sub-chief of Upper Dixcove, Nana Diako Kra, was severely beaten and stripped naked in the full glare of the public on Monday, March 15 while returning home from a disputed land of Tromu in Lower Dixcove.
Four other people from the royal family including the mother of the Paramount Chief of Upper Dixcove were also assaulted.
At a press conference following the assault, the Upper Dixcove Chief, Obrempong Hema Dekyi, blamed the Lower Dixcove paramountcy for the attack, insisting that there had been a court ruling on the disputed land, which declared it as belonging to the Upper Dixcove.
But this, Nana Kwesi Agyeman says, is false.
Speaking on Connect FM’s Omanbapa morning show to host Paa Kwesi Simpson in Takoradi, the Paramount Chief of Lower Dixcove questioned some of the issues raised by Obrempong Nana Hema Dekyi XIV in his press conference.
According to him, it is not true that the courts have ruled over the case of ownership of the disputed Tromu land, adding that it is about a century old.
He says the said case was about a native of the land who was summoned to court and has no bearing on the ownership of the land.
He added that the Tromu case is rather with the Western regional House of Chiefs.
“Ask him to bring the docket or the ruling if such a case has ever been to the courts.”
Many believe the attack was in retaliation of the capture and beating of Nana Kwesi Agyeman and some members of his family in 2019.
He was also stripped naked in public and locked up at the palace of Obrempong Hema Dekyi XIV in Upper Dixcove.
He was subsequently rescued by the police.
But Nana Kwesi Agyeman says he was rather the one who called the police to come to the rescue after he got wind of the situation.
“Ask the Regional Police Commander, ask the Municipal Police Commander and the chief inspector about who called the police to go and rescue the chief from my palace, and you will know that I was actually the one who intervened to save the situation.”
When asked whether he would be willing to reconcile with the Upper Dixcove chief, he quickly expressed readiness to do so.
“Just give me ten minutes to dress up, and I will be there.
“We need to reconcile for the development of the land. All these disturbances are very unfortunate since we are one family.
“Look, my own biological father was from Upper Dixcove. There are so many intermarriages between the two lands so what is happening is very unnecessary,” he added.
In a related development, the Municipal Chief Executive of Ahanta West, Henrietta Eyison has called on the two sides to let peace prevail whilst a lasting solution is sought to the issue.
By Shirley Ewurama Smith|Connect FM|3news.com|Ghana