The roles of the Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area hijacked

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Togbe Brentua Asafo IV, Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area
Togbe Brentua Asafo IV, Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area

The Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area, Togbe Brentua Asafo IV has expressed worry and disastisfaction towards some individuals who have deliberately hijacked his administrative roles, as customs and traditions demanded.

According to the Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area, who is the second in command in Mafi Traditional Hierarchy, some self-styled individuals, are tempering with the administrative functions and the widely known and accepted traditions and customs of the Traditional Area.

He explained that, the uncustomary activities of group of self-seeking persons has hijacked his administrative roles leading to the collapse of Mafi Traditional system administratively.

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Togbe Brentua Asafo IV noted that, the uncustomary activities of the persons, if not addressed properly, could break Mafi Traditional Area apart very soon.

Speaking at a press conference held on Tuesday, 21st December, 2021 at the Palace of Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area, which saw in attendance, chiefs, elders and citizens of the area, he said, the crisis in Mafi Chieftaincy affairs and its effects is deteriorating development of the area and could create chaos if not addressed on time.

Togbe Brentua Asafo IV said, currently, it may interest the public to note that Chiefs have been indiscriminately installed in Mafi Traditional Area, championed by the group calling itself ‘Mafi Avanutor / Aυanutↄs’ without any notice to the Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area. It is clearly the usurpation of the administrative function and position of the Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area by the Mafi Three Military Wing (Aυanutↄ) leaders.

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He further said, Mafi has organogram; administrative organogram as well as traditional military organogram.

According to the Manklalo, administratively, at the apex is The Paramount Chief of Mafi Traditional Area. Closely after him is the Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area.

“The Traditional Area also have Divisional Chiefs of Mafi who are also the clan Head Chiefs. Below them are the sub-divisional chiefs, sub chiefs and the Headmen. Finally, we have Family heads.The Traditional Military structure is as follows: The Captain of Mafi Traditional Army presides over the leaders of the Three Military Wings (Aυanutↄ).”

Explaining the administrative roles, he said, the Paramount Chief of Mafi Traditional Area is the General Overseer and Commander-In-Chief of Mafi Traditional Military in the Traditional Area. He presides over the affairs of the Mafi Traditional Area. The Divisional Heads (Clan Head Chiefs) preside over the affairs of their various clans and the Traditional Military Wing Leaders (Aυanutↄ) led by the Captain of Mafi preside over the Traditional military operations of Mafi Traditional Area.

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“The Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area, is the second in command in Mafi Traditional Hierarchy. This position is confirmed by Togbe Assem III, The Paramount Chief of Mafi Traditional Area in a letter dated 16th July 1986 to the then three military wing leaders of Mafi namely Togbe Awudza Adabla XIV, Togbe Anorba Sasraku IV and Togbe Asafo Buatri IV. Part of the letter stated, “…Please, be informed that the Manklalo of Mafi is my next in command. If I have any matter relating to war or military, I shall consult the Mafi Captain who will have a meeting with you.” Togbe Brentua Asafo IV added.

“These include the process leading to the enstoolment and the introduction of a new Chief to the Fiaga (Paramount Chief) and other Mafi authorities. The traditional practice is that, before the enstoolment of a new Chief in Mafi Traditional Area, the clan leaders should inform the Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area who demands to have certain vital information from the clan leaders.”

“When satisfied, he sends his representative (s) to inspect the Stool, take part and supervise the enstoolment process. After the enstoolment, the new chief should be shown to the Manklalo of Mafi by the Clan leaders. Then, the Manklalo on a later date introduces the new chief to the Fiaga of Mafi Traditional Area in the presence of the Divisional Chiefs (Clan Head chiefs), Leaders of the three military wings (Avanutor), other chiefs and People of Mafi.”

This practice, according to the Manklalo, had been confirmed by the Fiaga of Mafi, Togbe Assem III in Agyeman Badu Committee Report, 73rd sitting, Friday 20th September, 1974, page 11.

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“Togbe Assem III stated that any Chief installed under Togbe Assem, the Paramount Chief of Mafi Traditional Area would have to be brought to the MANKLALO OF MAFI TRADITIONAL AREA; and this chief would have to be brought to the Paramount Chief by THE MANKLALO FOR RECOGNITION. He added that the Manklalo of Mafi is “the overall Kingmaker.”

Find attached, the full press statement from Togbe Brentua Asafo IV, Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area. 

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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