Nana Kwaku Duah III, the destooled leader of Abuontem, finds himself in deeper distress as he now faces potential legal action for his alleged involvement in numerous land transactions.
On August 21, 2023, Nana Kwaku Duah III experienced a severe public embarrassment when he appeared before the Kumasi Traditional Council, presided over by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. He was accused of various offenses, including unlawfully selling land, physically assaulting his own senior council members who held differing opinions, and related transgressions.
Following thorough discussions and careful consideration of the situation, during which Nana Kwaku Duah III was given ample time to present his side of the story and seek leniency from his Overlord, he was ultimately declared guilty. As per Asante tradition, he was swiftly removed from his position and stripped of all associated privileges.
After exhausting the customary procedures related to the Chief’s issues, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II directed that Nana Kwaku Duah III be handed over to the police for potential prosecution in connection with his alleged involvement in multiple land sales.
The Asantehene appears to have initiated a strong action against chiefs who engage in activities that are either culturally inappropriate or illegal. In recent times, numerous chiefs have faced repercussions for various actions, particularly in relation to land sales.
There is a popular belief that yet another chief may face destoolment when the Asanteman Council reconvenes on Thursday, 24th August 2023.