Chieftaincy in the Mafi Traditional Area in the Central Tongu District of the Volta Region, Ghana casts dark shadows in the minds of the people following installation of multiple Chiefs in the area.
There is a clear indication of fued, disunity and fear among the indegens of the Mafi Traditional Area especially communities announced to have engaged in dual installation of Sub-Chiefs.
One of installations which broke jail into the media was the installation of two chiefs in Mafi Adidome, the District Capital of Central Tongu within a space of five (5) days, with both of them bearing an identical stool name. The rivary situation has left the people of the area in dilemma as to who is the rightful Chief of Mafi Adidome.
In clarifying the issue, Togbe Brentua Asafo IV, the Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area, who is the second in command in Mafi Traditional Hierarchy, has disclosed that, Togbe Kwasinyi Agyeman V (whose Principal Stool father is Foster Norgbedzi), the person from Norgbedzi family is the legitimate chief of Mafi Adidome.
According to him, Togbe Kwasinyi Agyeman V was enstooled after the demise of Togbe Kwasinyi Agyeman IV. The week long enstoolment process was climaxed on Tuesday, 17th August, 2021 with outdooring of Togbe Kwasinyi Agyemang V.
The Manklalo noted that, his Paramountcy is aware of all the processes leading to the installation of Togbe Kwasinyi Agyeman V whose Principal Stool father is Foster Norgbedzi.
Togbe Brentua Asafo IV said, Togbe Kwasinyi Agyeman V was properly and traditionally enstooled by his Kingmakers and the Kwasinyi Agyeman Stool is in the possession of the Stool Authorities, the Norgbedzi family.
According to him, as part of his roles in installing Chiefs in the Mafi Traditional Area, his outfit has sent his representatives to take part and supervised all the processes leading to the enstoolment.
“He has been shown to me as instituted by custom and tradition. I recognize him as the legitimate Dufia of Mafi Adidome.” Togbe Brentua Asafo IV said. Togbe Brentua Asafo IV said.
The Manklalo added that, Togbe Kwasinyi Agyeman V has been led through all the Mafi traditional practices and rites and has been enstooled. “He also has the support of all the eleven Heads of the Principal Families which make up the Toh/Tovie Clan.”
Togbe Brentua Asafo IV Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area swiftly said, there is some “self-styled chief” of Adidome who was introduced to the Avanutor. “The second installation done by some members of Fiagbenu (who rebelled against the leadership of their unit Fiagbenu family of the Principal Ahorne Family) championed by the group calling itself ‘Mafi Avanutor’ is unacceptable. The Adidome Stool called Kwasinyi Agyeman Stool is not in their possession.” He added.
“The Mafi people who know the truth should not fall for the lies being peddled around. The introduction of Chiefs which took place at Adidome-Sogakope junction on Saturday, 27th November, 2021 was uncustomary. It should be ignored. The administrative role of the Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area should not be tampered with. From Today, I declare that until all chiefs installed in Mafi passed through the right channel, I do not recognize them.” The Manklalo added.
Addressing a press conference organized on Tuesday, 21st December, 2021 in Mafi-Kumase, the Palace of Manklalo, he said, not until leaders of Mafi Traditional Area, return to the status quo, Mafi is likely to break down into two factions permanently because there is a clique of chiefs (Mafi Avanutor) who are engaged in the installation of parallel chiefs in some Mafi communities; and he believes, their expectation is to divide Mafi.
“In this context, I wish to inform the Mafi general public who are in dilemma about the current state of Mafi Chieftaincy crisis to open their eyes and be vigilant about the peddling of lies around them. Certain chiefs who are not accredited wing leaders but have been elevated fraudulently by some members of the group calling itself ‘Mafi Avanutor’ to that position have taken Mafi for a ride.”
“We cannot sit to see them destroy Mafi and re-institute a new organogram and a new system of traditional administration in Mafi. Mafi is not at war and does not need the operation of such Avanutor wing leaders.”
The Manklalo further stated that, similar rival installation of chiefs took place in communities such as Mafi Tove, all bearing The Stool Name Togbe Nyassor Ababio V; then at Mafi Avakpedome; all the two chiefs are using Togbe Awudza Adabla XV including the installation of three Paramount Chiefs in Mafi by three Torfi sub-clans: Torfi Bagbe, Torfi Kekpo and Torfi Asrogboe.
He again said, most of these chiefs were not enstooled as Mafi customs and tradition demand that, Chiefs are installed on traditionally accredited stools by the rightful persons.
“I am the Manklalo of Mafi Traditional Area. I am aware of one of the Chiefs, Togbe Nyasor Ababio V, installed at Mafi Tove whose Stool Father is Emmanuel Adza Ahortor. He had been introduced to me as legitimate Chief of Mafi Tove. The installation of the other one (also called by the same stool name, Togbe Nyasor Ababio V) was championed by ‘Mafi Avanutor.'”