People developing parts of the large tract of land opposite the Kumasi Campus of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), have appealed to the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC) to expedite action on a dispute over the ownership of the land to enable them to continue with their developments.
The developers have been asked to stop further development of their lands until the determination of the matter before the council.
The chief of Atwima and the chief of Tanoso, both near Kumasi, are battling over the ownership of the land.
The Atwima chief, Nana Kwadwo Agyei Bi II, invoked the Great Oath of the Asantehene, “Ntamkesie” on the Tanosohene who sold the plots to the developers, to stop further development.
In line with Asante custom and usage, the invocation of the Great Oath meant the matter had to go before the Otumfuo and the Kumasi Traditional Council.
However, the developers said the invocation of the oath was a calculated attempt by the Atwima chief to stop them from developing their land.
They pointed out that cost of building materials was going up and stopping them from further developing their land would bring additional burden on them.
According to them, they bought the building plots from the Tanosohene and that some of them had even completed their buildings and were occupying them.
They expressed confidence that the KTC would go into the matter expeditiously so they could continue with their projects.