Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, has declared the Aduana clan, headed by Opanin Owusu Afriyie, as the rightful owners of the Bodom-Buoho Stool in the Afigya-Kwabre District.
The King’s ruling brings to a conclusion the bitter dispute over the title of the stool between the Aduana, on one hand, and the Asene and the Asona clans on the other.
The Asantehene delivered his verdict having sat over the arbitration of the chieftaincy dispute by the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC) at his Manhyia Palace.
Matters came to a head when Opanin Afriyie invoked the Great of the Asantehene (Ntamkesie) to back his claim of title and that was countered by the other contestants.
The position of the Aduana Royal Family is that the stool is ‘matrilineal’ but the two other clans, represented by Opanin Kwabena Mensah and Kwabena Adomako, and insisted it is the opposite – ‘patrilineal’.
The Asantehene had earlier set up a committee to thoroughly investigate the issue – dig deep into history- and his final verdict was based on the findings made by the committee.
He reminded the losers that by the Asante customs’ and tradition, matrilineal stools could not be turned patrilineal.
They could, therefore, neither use force nor mischief to wrest the stool from its legitimate owners.