The Ga Traditional Council has issued a stern response to the actions of Charles Nii Kotey Kotey, the Family Head of the late Ga Manye, Naa Dedei Omaedru III, and other family members, following their alleged challenge to the authority of the Council and the Central Funeral Committee. This challenge ultimately led to the family’s withdrawal from representation and a court injunction being secured.
In a statement, the Council expressed its deep disappointment with the family’s conduct, which it deemed disrespectful and in violation of Section 63(c) of the Chieftaincy Act 2008, an offense that includes the use of disrespectful or insulting language towards a chief.
The Council outlined the following actions in response to the family’s conduct:
a) Disregarding of Asafoatse Recognition: Charles Nii Kotey Kotey, also known as Nii Kotey Ga, will no longer be recognized as Asafoatse of Asere Djorshie, signifying a loss of his official standing within the traditional structure.
b) Prohibition of Further Funerals: The Head of Family, Charles Nii Kotey Kotey, and the immediate family, including the children of the late Queenmother, are prohibited from attempting to organize any additional funerals in relation to the late Ga Manye.
c) Enstoolment Regulations: The Ga Traditional Council has enforced a regulation that no candidate for the position of Ga Queenmother can be chosen for enstoolment without the prior knowledge and consent of the Council.
The Ga Traditional Council further emphasized that, until further notice, no attempt should be made to nominate a candidate for enstoolment as Ga Manye or for the enstoolment of any person as Ga Manye from the family to which the late Queenmother, Naa Dedei Omaedru III, belonged. Any violation of this directive will result in severe consequences.
The statement was signed by HRM King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, the President of the Ga Traditional Council. The Council’s actions reflect its commitment to preserving the traditions and respect associated with the enstoolment of Ga Queenmothers and maintaining discipline within the traditional framework.