The Abola Piam Family, one of the royal families of the Ga State has described as unlawful and untraditional the swearing-in of one Kevin Tackie as the new Ga Mantse
They have therefore cautioned the government to desist from their chieftaincy issues and stop imposing an unlawful person on them as their overlord.
According to them, the recent endorsement of Kelvin Tackie and the subsequent gazette by the government and the National House of Chiefs smacks of disrespect to the people of the Ga State and the Abola Piam family.
At a press conference held on Monday, October 11, 2021, to express their misgivings over the recent development, secretary to the Abola Piam Family, Ben Mensah indicated that since the current Mantse in the person of Boni Nii Tackie Adama Latse II is still alive and not distooled, it’s utterly unacceptable to enstool another person unto the same throne.
An act they claim is aimed at creating confusion and chaos amongst the people of the Ga State aided by political hands.
The family is, therefore, appealing to the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) headed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to help restore peace and order in the Ga State to avoid any disturbances.
“We have sued the National House of Chiefs that the step they took is wrong. We have not finished with that case. They have gone ahead to gazette someone’s name in the register. That is for the lawyers but we expect our lawyers that whatever step Is taken, we will take to bring this matter to a successful end,” he said.
Ben Mensah went on to state that since the case is pending in the high court the Abola Piam Family will use all legitimate means to ensure the right thing is by returning the seat to its rightful owners.
“Until the Ga Matse is destooled, abdicate, or dies, the Ga Matse cannot be changed. When Nii Tackie Adama Latse is alive, he has not been distooled [or] abdicated therefore he cannot by anybody, institution or government,” he reiterated.
“The recent registration of Kevin Tackie by the National House of Chiefs as the Ga Matse and the subsequent swearing-in by the Ga Traditional Council as the present is unlawful and contravenes traditional customs and usage,” he said on behalf of the Abola Piam Family.
In his concluding remarks, he noted that “It is the wish of Abola Piam Family that its decision is respected by all Ghanaians, Ghanaian institutions (sic), bodies and every other authority in Ghana.”