Overload of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council Osagyefo Amotia Ofori-Panin has expressed anger over an injunction placed on the inauguration of the newly Created Abuakwa North Municipality hence inability to be inaugurated on Thursday.
Livid over the situation, Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori-Panin addressing the first State Council meeting this year at Kibi in the Eastern Region on Friday, questioned the locus of the plaintiffs in taking that decision without recourse to the Traditional Council.
He said, the action of the plaintiffs not welcoming has gone a long way to dent the image of the entire Abuakwa Traditional Council since the chiefs of Akyem Tafo (Osabarima Adusei Peasah iv) and Akyem Kukurantumi(Dasebre Boamah Darko) were not informed before the unfortunate happened.
Two residents of Akyem Old Tafo in the Eastern Region -Adjei Boateng and Addo Sarpong secured injunction from Koforidua High Court on the inaugural exercise over sitting of Akyem Kukukurantumi as the Municipal Capital.
The two plaintiffs through their Solicitor -Godwin Kudzo Tamaklo ESQ of Ayine and Felli Legal Consultancy firm in Accra are praying the court to direct the Government of Ghana to make Akyem New Tafo the Municipal capital of Abuakwa North Municipal Assembly with immediate effect.
The plaintiffs contend that, Akyem Tafo is more qualified as a municipal capital than Kukurantumi considering the vital governance offices infrastructure such as Electroral Commission office, the District Police headquarters, Ghana Water Company Ltd, Electricity Company of Ghana, The District Magistrate Court, a viable Market center and two Public Senior High Schools already in existence at Akyem New Tafo.
“whereas the President has the discretion to decide where the Municipal Capital should be located, the decision to make Kukurantumi instead of Akyem Tafo, the Municipal Capital was wrongful as same was done without recourse to the requirements that the municipal capital must have the essential infrastructure to allow for the smooth running of the Assembly contrary to Article 296 of the 1992 Constitution.”
The respondent – Attorney General and Minister of Justice as well as the Local Government Minister and the East Akyem MCE, Hon.Owusu Twum Ampofo have been served.
The plaintiffs in their statement of claims pointed out that, out of the sixteen elected Assembly Members, nine are from Akyem Tafo with only two from Akyem Kukurantumi.
The Court will move the application on April 10, 2018.