The Somé Traditional Area led by Torgbi Adamah lll, the Makorsor of Somé has removed traditional courtesies enjoyed by the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Elliot Agbenorwu and ASP Joseph Nakoja, the District Commmander. They were alleged to have misconducted themselves.
Six other Assembly members of the Ketu South Municipality also had their privileges taken away from them. They are: Sylvester Kumawu, Amutinu-Salakorpe Electoral Area; Clemence Agbotey, Blekusu Electoral Area; Daniel Azumah, Kpedzakorpe/Alagbakorpe Electoral Area; Jonas Alevia Agbagba, Nogokpo Ativuta Electoral Area; Johnson Agbeko Souzey, Adina Electoral Area; and Eben Assay, Agavedzi Electoral Area.
The chiefs claimed that the names mentioned have disrespected the Somé Paramountcy after they were called to meet and discuss some allegations leveled against them in the media. According to the statement, they refused to honour the invitation.
By the statement from the traditional area, no chief is permitted to invite the said Assembly Members to be part of any of their social functions. The withdrawal of the privileges also mean that they would not be accorded the respect that comes with the office of the Assembly Member.
“…in view of the misconduct of these Assembly Members their blatant disrespect to me and their punitive disregard for my authority, I hereby declare and ask that henceforth you, the Chiefs, the Dumegawo (elders and opinion leaders) and the Citizens of the Somé Traditional Area, withdraw all the traditional courtesies that you had hitherto accorded them. You should not address them as Honourables. Do not invite them to your meetings or social functions, we have had enough of the impunity of these assembly members. It is time to cut them to their sizes”, excerpts of the message read.
It would be recalled that the Six members of the Assembly had released a press statement concerning the disbursement of some compensation package to the communities affected by mining activities done by Seven Seas Salt Limited. This however did not go down well with the chiefs.
In a related development, the Six Assembly Members have in a joint release denied the allegations leveled against them by the Somé Traditional Area and called on the general public to disregard it. According to them, the law quoted by the traditional area does not exist.
Read full statement!