A chief endangering his citizens for petty reasons – that sounds like the Ghanaian dream.
The chief of Assin Dansame in the Central Region, Nana Twum Barima V, is in the news after he ordered the exhumation of a dead resident for reasons which are nothing if not petty.
According to reports, the chief caused the corpse to be taken out of its grave and dumped in public, claiming the dead guy never took part in communal labour whilst alive and thus allowing his burial set up a bad example.
However, others claim the real reason is due to a chieftancy dispute involving the chief’s family and the family of the dead guy.
According to the chief, since the deceased did not respect the laws of the town, he’ll be endorsing indiscipline and impunity if he allows the body to be buried in the town and as a result ordered the youth to exhume the corpse.
Elisha, a resident of the town told Kasapafmonline.com that the corpse which was earlier left at a major footpath in the town was subsequently dumped at the town’s lorry station.
He further told this website, that the pungent odour of the fluid dripping from the corpse which has leaked onto the ground has fouled the atmosphere and making it difficult for people to breathe, while others dread an outbreak of a disease due to the excretion.
Three persons are said to have suddenly gone dumb when the first spotted the exhumed coffin at the time it had been dumped at the footpath.
According to Elisha, a chieftaincy dispute is believed to be the main reason for what some have said is the chief’s wierd action, as for several years the deceased’s family (Asona) has been contesting the legitimacy of the current Chief Nana Twum Barima V, who’s from the Asene family.
There’s been police presence in the town since Monday evening in a bid to maintain law and order and prevent the other faction from launching an attack.