AFTER eight years of a bitter chieftaincy dispute, Goaso in the Brong Ahafo Region now has a new Omanhene.
Mr Akwasi Bosomprah, a 42-year-old employee of the Ghana Cocoa Board at Koforidua, has sworn the oath of allegiance to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, as the new Omanhene with the stool name Nana Akwasi Baffour Bosomprah.
He succeeds Nana Adjei Ampofo, who abdicated the stool in 2000.
At the swearing ceremony at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi, Otumfuo Osei Tutu said Goaso occupied an important part of Asanteman and he would ensure that peace prevailed in the traditional area to facilitate development.
Otumfuo recounted the dispute, which arose during the period of Nana Adjei Ampofo, and said when he ascended the Golden Stool, he decided to find an amicable solution to it.
However, before he could settle the impasse, Nana Ampofo had announced his abdication.
The Asantehene indicated that it was not his intention to destool Nana Ampofo as he might have thought and that he, as Asantehene, was moving to resolve the differences between the Omanhene and the queen of the area, Nana Yaa Akyaa.
Otumfuo expressed the hope that with the resolution of the dispute, unity would prevail among the people.
The Asantehene advised the new Omanhene not to lord it over his people but bring them together to fight for development, especially in the educational sector.
“You must also be wary of women who may try to use all tricks to bring you down,” the Asantehene said.
He pointed out that chieftaincy was not about the wearing of expensive cloths, riding in palanquins, and drumming and dancing but the ability to galvanise one’s subjects to push the development agenda of the traditional area.
When he took the Mponponsuo sword of the Otumfuo to swear the oath of allegiance, the Omanhene said he would be dedicated to the King at all times.