The traditional landscape of Offinso continues to be marred by a protracted chieftaincy dispute, with recent developments shedding light on the intricate dynamics surrounding the selection of a new paramount chief.
The Chief of the Heman Traditional Area, Nana Apau Wiafe Ababio Sanwoansan, speaking at a press conference organized by the Kumasi Traditional Council, singled out the Queen Mother of Offinso, Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko, as a central figure contributing to the ongoing deadlock.
Nana Sanwoansan voiced concerns about the interference of Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko in the appointment process. He specifically addressed the Queen Mother, expressing disappointment and urging her to reconsider her actions. He cautioned against the potential consequences of the youth’s misbehavior and ritualistic activities, seemingly linked to the unresolved chieftaincy matter.
Nana Sanwoansan’s remarks also targeted Dr. Kofi Koduah Sarpong, a former Chief Executive of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), whose candidacy for the Offinso paramount chief position faced repeated rejections from the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. The Hemanhene emphasized the Asantehene’s position that Dr. Sarpong lacked royal status, making him unsuitable for enstoolment.
The Offinso chieftaincy dispute dates back to April 28, 2022, when the Asantehene rejected the Queen Mother’s request to accept Dr. K. K. Sarpong as the successor to the late Offinsohene, Nana Wiafe Akenten II. This decision led to divergent opinions among Offinso youth, with some criticizing the Asantehene for perceived overreach in the traditional affairs of the region.
In response to these claims, a press conference held by concerned members of Offinso Youth accused the Asantehene of exceeding his traditional powers and emphasized the need for the Queen Mother to assert her authority in the chieftaincy matters.
The chieftaincy dispute in Offinso remains a complex issue, intertwining traditional protocols, royal lineage, and the influence of key figures in the region. Meanwhile, the Asantehene is expected to meet all eligible candidates to the vacant Offinso stool on 18th December, where some progress is expected to be made, all things being equal.