Dr. Sam Worlanyo Mensah, spokesperson for the Kledzadzasi Clan has confirmed the news of their victory to Awake News in a short telephone interview.
The Volta Regional House of Chiefs has declared Togbe Sei II and the Kingmakers of Kledzadzasi Clan of Botoku winners of a petition filed against them by the Mankrado of Botoku Traditional Area, Togbe Atakorah challenging the installation of the Paramount Chief.
In April last year, the Kingmakers of Botoku has nominated and initiated customary rites for a 29year old international businessman, Mr. Nelson Mawuli Gbadagba to be installed as the new paramount chief of the traditional area which has been without a paramount chief for over 14years.
The coronation of the installed paramount chief, Togbe Sei II on April 29, 2018 was halted when the Makrado of the area, Togbe Atokorah filed a petition and an injunction on the ceremony saying the Kledzadzasi Clan is not right heirs to the throne of paramountcy and also challenging the eligibility of Mr. Gbadagba.
Prior to the coronation, the Manklado who doubles as the Acting President of Botoku Traditional Council, Torgbe Atakorah held a press conference at the Volta Regional Capital, Ho warning the public to disregard the notice of coronation of the Paramount Chief of the Botoku Traditional Area, Torgbega Sei II.
Addressing the news conference in Ho, Torgbe Atakorah said “After the death of Togbe Tamtia V, the Kledzadzasi Clan, which claimed the Paramount Stool belonged to them but was gifted to the Kpale Clan through dubious means, managed to take custody of the stool. This issue has been pending before the traditional council to find the most peaceful ways of resolving same when the Kledjasi Clan which has been uncooperative decided to install a Paramount Chief,”
He said he declined to grant his approval for the installation when he was contacted, and that any attempt to crown an “imposter” as the Paramount Chief would disturb the peace currently being enjoyed by the people.
He, therefore, warned that people who have been invited to the occasion on Saturday, April 29, 2018 against attending as tension heightens in the area.
“We wish to advise the general public and all guests, that there is total state of confusion in Botoku and we cannot guarantee the safety of the members of the public who may want to honour the invitation of the Kleddzasi Clan to install a Paramount Chief.”
The Kledzadzasi Clan:
The Clan insisted that they are the rightful heirs to the throne and that the Kpale Clan has wrongly, over the years, being crown as the paramount chief as they (Kpale Clan) are on the maternal line of succession noting that they [Ewes] do not practice a martelinian system of inheritance but patrilineal. They had vowed to restore the error that has occurred over the years.
Victory for the Kledzadzasi Clan:
This afternoon, Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the Volta Regional House of Chiefs in Ho, the petitioners have withdrawn their petition after close to a year seating saying they no longer have interest in the case. The House of Chief has, therefore, declared the Royal Kledzadzasi Clan of Botoku Dzali Paramountcy as winners and Togbe Sei II’s installation affirmed.
Rev. Dr. Sam Worlanyo Mensah, spokesperson for the Kledzadzasi Clan has confirmed the news of their victory to Awake News in a short telephone interview.
He used the opportunity to thank the people of Botoku for the peaceful and civilized manner in which they conducted themselves during the “trail times”.
Rev. Dr. Mensah noted that the maturity exhibited by their people is a sign of their readiness to embrace the progressive development of Botoku adding that the Royal Clan will in due course hold a press conference to announce the way forward for Botoku.
By: Efo Korsi Senyo / awakenewsonline.com