The Western Region House of Chiefs is demanding the reinstatement of Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, Paramount Chief for Sefwi-Anhwianso traditional area, as the Chair of the Governance and Development Committee of the National House of Chiefs.

The Western Region House of Chiefs (WRHC) scorned that the removal of the embattled chief, is ‘an affront to the customary integrity of the Chieftancy Institution and natural justice’.

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In a press statement endorsed by the Acting Chair of the WRHC, Awulae Amihere Kpainyili III; Omanhen of the Nsein traditional area, Awulae Agyefi Kwame II; Paramount Chief for Essikado traditional area, Nana Kobina Nketsia V; Paramount Chief for Wassa Amenfi traditional area, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II; Paramount Chief for Lower Dixcove traditional area, Nana Kwesi Agyeman IX; Paramount Chief for Mpohor traditional area, Osabarima Kwaw Entsie II; and Paramount for Gwira traditional area, Awulae Angama Tu- Agyan II, demanded that the Standing Committee of the National House of Chiefs, with immediate effect, retract its decision for the removal of Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II from his post, and restore the status quo.

Sections of the statement read;

  1. The subject matter relating to, and which affects the issue of Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II was not part of the published agenda.
  2. The recommendation of the Standing Committee of the NHC, with respect to Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, is an affront to the customary integrity of the chieftaincy institution as well as the doctrine of natural justice both of which fundamentally operates on the principles of fairness and hence, dictate that a person must be given a fair hearing.
  3. The recommendation of the Standing Committee of the NHC with respect to the status of Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II was not endorsed by the Full House of the NHC.
  4. It is a sad commentary that the Standing Committee of the NHC did not exhibit those fundamental principles of the Chieftaincy Institution which demands tact, maturity, prudence and diplomacy.
  5. If the whole charade of publicly downgrading Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II was not to deliberately damage his reputation and hold him up to public ridicule then, the Standing Committee of the NHC appears to have been oblivious of the teaching that customarily, in order to avoid rancor and strengthen harmony and unity as well as promote social integrity together with national cohesion, certain issues, especially among peers, are best heard or discussed in-camera.

Taking cognizance of the person and role Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II plays in both national, regional and traditional development, and the ‘Directive Principle of State Policy which forms the 6th Chapter of the 1992 Constitution’, the Standing Committee of the WRHC prayed that the President and the Standing Committee of the NHC rescind the removal of the Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, and restore him to his former status.

Background

The National House of Chiefs (NHC) removed the Omanhene of the Sefwi-Anhwianso Traditional Area, Ogyeahohor Yaw Gyebi II as the chairman of the Governance and Development Committee of the House, on Thursday 12 December, 2019.

The Standing Committee of the NHC accused Ogyeahohor Yaw Gyebi II, of making some public statements that criticised a unanimous decision taken by the House. Recounting the processes that led to the issuance of a statement by the National House of Chiefs (NHC) on why partisan politics should be rejected at local level elections and the subsequent public pronouncements by Ogyeahohor Yaw Gyebi II in disagreement with the position of the House, the President of the NHC, the Agbogbomefia – Togbe Afede XIV said the reactions by Ogyeahohor Yaw Gyebi, who is also the President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs was unfortunate, misleading and mostly untrue.

Story by: Nana Yaw Kumi/Skyy News

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