THERE is uneasy calm in the Kumawu Traditional Area of the Ashanti Region as the area searches for a successor to the late Omanhene, Barima Asumadu Sakyi II.
Two royal families — Ankaase and Ananangya — are claiming the right to the Kumawu Stool, regarded as one of the most powerful in Asanteman.
Even though the matter is awaiting a ruling by the Asanteman Council, members from both factions are engaged in verbal exchanges and threatening action if the decision of the council does not go in their favour.
Barima Asumadu Sakyi, 65, died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, on July 11, 2007. He reigned for 34 years after succeeding his late uncle, Barima Otuo Acheampong I.
Sources at Kumawu told the Daily Graphic that tension had been mounting, even though the Asanteman Council was determined to come up with a decision that would settle the issue once and for all.
The Queen of the area, Nana Serwaa Amponsah, sister of the late Omanhene, insists that members of the Ankaase Royal Family, where she belongs, are the rightful occupants of the stool.
Consequently, she is said to have made moves to nominate a candidate for enstoolment as Omanhene for the area, but that has been fiercely resisted by the Ananangya Royal Family.
According to the Ananangya faction, it was its turn to ascend the stool and questioned the eligibility of the queen to nominate a candidate from her family.
Some names have already come up as possible contestants but they are yet to be confirmed. Among the names in contention are Yaw Sarpong from the Ankaase faction and one Oduro from the Ananangya faction.