Tuesday , 31 January 2023

Tension in Damongo as REGSEC readies to announce verdict on chieftaincy dispute

Tension is mounting in the Savannah Regional capital, Damongo, following Mr. Yakubu Imoro’s invitation by the Gonja Traditional Council to its emergency council meeting.

Mr. Yakubu Imoro is one of the claimants to the Damongo skin.

The faction that opposes him has petitioned the Savannah Regional Security Council ( SREGSEC) to intervene and block Mr. Imoro from honoring the invitation of the Traditional Council tomorrow, Tuesday, 24th January, 2023 in Damongo.

Tension in Damongo as REGSEC readies to announce verdict on chieftaincy dispute

The petitioners, Mr. Kelly Seidu, one of the claimants to the Damongo’s skin and the Kuntunre Clan of Damongo who enskinned Mr Kelly are challenging the legitimacy of Mr. Yakubu Imoro as Damongowura.

They said the case is before the Judicial Committee in the Savannah Region for fair mediation, thus the reason why he should not be allowed to attend the meeting.

Tension in Damongo as REGSEC readies to announce verdict on chieftaincy dispute

Mr Seidu is therefore pleading with the SREGSEC to intervene and stop his participation because of heightened agitations by a cross section of Damongo youth who are against his candidature.

This is said to be creating unease in the regional capital.

It will be recalled that in 2016, the late Chief of Damongo, Jakpa Lermu Tunrumba Boresa I, passed on, leaving a vacant skin. His siblings, Yakubu Imoro and Kelly Seidu emerged as interested parties to the skin.

Tension in Damongo as REGSEC readies to announce verdict on chieftaincy dispute

The Kuntunre Clan enskinned Mr. Kelly Seidu as Chief of Damongo but the decision was contested by his elder brother, Yakubu Imoro, who subsequently petitioned the Overlord of Gonja, Yagbonwura Asulemana Tuntumba Boresa II.

The King later gave his judgement and enskined Mr. Yakubu Imoro as Chief of Damongo, a decision Mr. Kelly Seidu also rejected and went before the Northern Regional House of Chiefs for mediation.

Tension in Damongo as REGSEC readies to announce verdict on chieftaincy dispute

The case has since been transferred to the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs following the demarcation of the new regions.

After seven years of going up and down, the house has scheduled Thursday 26th January, 2023 for judgement.

Meanwhile, Joynews has intercepted the two petitions and the invitation letter from the Gonja Traditional Council.

Tension in Damongo as REGSEC readies to announce verdict on chieftaincy dispute

The petitions, dated 3rd and 20th January, 2023 respectively objected the moved by the Gonja Traditional Council to invite Mr Imoro and asked SREGSEC to intervene by stopping Mr. Yakubu Imoro from honoring the invitation.

The two raised concerns over the neutrality of the Council to deliver a neutral verdict following the invitation extended to Mr. Yakubu Imoro.

There have been allegations of movement of arms into the area thereby creating fear among the residents who have called for security to be beefed up in the city.

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