Committee of Eminent Chiefs Meet Again Over Dagbon
2005-04-11 13:20:19This article has been read 785 times.
The burial of the late Dagbon King expected to take place on Monday has been put on hold.
This is to enable the committee of eminent chiefs to deliberate on a request sent to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II by members of the Andani gate.
Although sources at the Manhyia Palace will not disclose the details of the request, it is believed to border on the vexed issue of installing a regent for Dagbon.
Members of the Andani Gate say the late King cannot be buried without the installation of a regent and that they have the right to do exactly that.
But their rivals, the Abudus, oppose the move saying they have to install a regent first to preside over the funeral of their late King Mohamadu Abdulai, who died decades ago.
The meeting is expected to take place tomorrow.
The Northern Regional Minister, Boniface Saddique, who is also in Kumasi for the meeting says apart from the demands by the Andanis other factors have also contributed to the postponement of the burial.
â€œThe pavilion that was supposed to be completed before the burial has not been completed. The demands of the Andani group before the burial of the late King pose a bit of a problem.â€ he said.
Over five hundred security personnel have been deployed to parts of Tamale and Yendi, where the burial was to have taken place on Monday.
The regional minister says the atmosphere in the two towns is calm although a lot of people are disappointed at the postponement of the late Kingâ€™s burial.
â€œI can assure you that Tamale, Yendi and the entire Dagbon Traditional area are very calm and peaceful. I was in Yendi on Sunday and I spoke to the police personnel and the people there; they are all ready to cooperate.â€ he said.