Monday, June 8, 2009

EIGHT YEARS IN THE MORGUE ...Otumfuo orders late queen's burial (MIRROR, PAGE 29)

From Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi

After eight years in the morgue, the remains of the late queen of Donyina in the Ashanti Region, Nana Akosua Gyamfua Boahemaa, will finally be laid to rest on Thursday, June 11, 2009.
The body of the queen has been kept in the morgue for this long period due to a bitter chieftaincy dispute in the town.
The dispute started just after the late queen had nominated Nana Osei Yaw as chief of the town.
The faction opposed to the chief was alleged to have prevented him from entering the town, creating a state of insecurity in the community.
The matter went before the court of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, which decided in favour of Nana Osei Yaw, yet the situation remained threatening until Otumfuo decided that the body could now be buried.
Following a directive by the Otumfuo, the Overlord of Ashanti, the body is set to be buried next week at the royal mausoleum.
The chieftaincy dispute had consigned the remains of the queen, who died at the age of 64, to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) mortuary since June 1, 2001, leaving in its trail misery and other forms of hardship for the family.
The Chief of Donyina, Nana Osei Yaw, told The Mirror that all was set for the two-day funeral, beginning next Wednesday, June 10.
He noted that the long delay in the burial of the late queen had stalled development in the town but he was confident that something positive would come out of the funeral.
The chief thanked the Asantehene for his decision and called on the people to reciprocate it by ensuring a peaceful funeral.
A daughter of the late queen, Ms Salome Boahemaa, also said, “The entire family is relieved by the development. Now my mother can have a place to rest,” adding that many things had gone wrong during the eight years.

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