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‘Engage chiefs in buying lands — Otumfuo’s Kyidomhene advocates

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The chief of Adumasa in the Bekwai municipality of the Ashanti Region, Nana Amankwah Kodom II, has proffered solutions to end land litigation between developers and so-called landowners in the respective jurisdiction.

While outlining processes in buying land in Ghana, especially in the Ashanti Region, Nana Kodom II, who doubles as Asantehene’s Kyidomhene entreated prospective land buyers to directly engage chiefs who by law are the custodian of the land.

‘If you want the land to build on or for any development, chiefs are the custodian of the lands, and you must engage us first. You don’t have to contact any family, individual, or agent since they don’t own the land by our law and tradition.

‘Paying monies to an individual, family, or agent apart from the chief in the area is dangerous, and you may lose your money and the said land eventually. ‘ Nana Amankwah Kodom II who was installed as Obrempong of Adumasa comprising Ofoase, Kokoben Sanfi, Beposo Adumasa, and Amanteng in the. Amansie East District warned.

The advice from the traditional ruler comes after self-acclaimed contractor one Yaw Gyamfi with some family members allegedly duped their victims with millions of Ghana cedis under the pretext of securing them lands while they claim to be the rightful owner of Sanfi and Kokoben lands.

Nana Amankwah Kodom Ababio, Adumasahene in the Kyidom Clan (Division) of the Kumasi Traditional Council Area was enstooled on 28th May 2007 when he swore the oath of allegiance to his overlord, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene.

Meanwhile, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has moved to assert his authority as the custodian of all lands in the Ashanti Region.

According to Otumfuo, all lands in the Ashanti Region are his property and no one can lay claim to any portion.

“Let me warn the communities, the chiefs, and whoever, that, the lands are mine, and you are just caretakers of those lands. There’s no family land here in Ashanti. No Abusuapanyin (head of the family) can claim the land is his and therefore he is entitled to alienate a portion of the university land.

“You can go to any court. Take it there. I am also sure there will be a judge there who will know that the constitution of Ashanti says that there is no family land in the Ashanti Region…get the lawyers to take you to court, but I’ll get the court to overturn their decisions to affirm my authority on the lands here.” the Asantehene declared.

Source: Kwabena Danso-Dapaah

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