The Chief of Bekwai-Abodom, Nana Saforo Koto, has been destooled by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene.
The destoolment occurred as a result of Nana Saforo Koto’s failure to refute approximately 20 allegations made by concerned members of his community.
The main accusations against him center on the purportedly unlimited sale of property to illegal miners, a practice that supports damaging illegal small-scale mining operations known as “galamsey” that have caused havoc on nearby water bodies.
He is also accused of ignoring his community responsibilities for a sustained period of seven years, which led to the abandonment of important customs and rituals inside the stool house.
Nana Saforo Koto’s obvious disrespect for fundamental customary traditions related to his job has been criticized by subordinates working under his control.
Otumfuo Kyeame Kwaku Owusu, a significant Asantehene representative, indicated during the proceedings at a meeting of the Asanteman Traditional Council that Nana Saforo Koto did not adequately address the claims when given the option to do so at the committee level.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II found Nana Saforo Koto guilty on all counts after carefully weighing the opinions of numerous divisional chiefs and examining the evidence. The decision was made to remove his title as a result.
Ahead of the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s 25th anniversary celebration, it has been suggested that other chiefs implicated in illegal mining operations may be subject to destoolment if found guilty. This forceful action tries to reduce the regrettable river contamination brought on by illegal mining methods.