A court injunction by the national executive committee of the Gonjaland Youth Association has been put on the elevation of the Nchumuru Chief of the Kpandai area known as Najoro-Wura to a paramountcy status.
Thiswas disclosed at a press briefing by the Public Relation Officer of the association Mr Mufti Habibu at the forecourt of the Jakpa Palace after a close door meeting with the Overlord of the Gonja Kingdom and President of the Savannah Region House of Chiefs Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa (I) on 18th September, 2022.
Mufti Habibu said the Executives of Gonjaland Youth Association had briefed the Yagbonwura as the life patron of Association on some activities undertaken by the association and their partners and notable among them was the steps taken by the leadership of the Association to reclaim Kpandai which is for Gonjas.
He disclosed that Kpandai is traditionally under the Savannah Region House of Chiefs therefore all chieftaincy matters are expected to be handled by the Savannah Region House of Chiefs but to the suprise of the Gonjaland Youth Association and the entire people of Gonjaland, a letter written by the Registrar of the National House of Chiefs Mr Anthony Yeboah Tabiri on the elevation of Najoro-Wura to a paramountcy status was directed to the Northern Region House of Chiefs instead of the Savannah Region House of Chiefs.
The PRO of the Gonjaland Youth Association added that Gonjas and Nchumurus are brothers and for that matter if they are returning to Gonjaland, they are coming as brothers and for that matter the Gonjaland Youth Association will not allow any pancel of their lands to be taken away.
Earlier a press statement signed by the President of the Gonjaland Youth Association (GLYA) Lawyer Amin Mohemmed said the they have succeeded in getting the National House Chiefs, under the hand of the Registrar, to withdraw a letter which had elevated the Nanjiro-wura of Nchumuru to the status of Paramountcy under the Northern Regional House of Chiefs.
The statement said the leadership of the Association got to know of elevation of the Nanjiro-wura of Nchumuru to the status of Paramountcy under the Northern Regional House of Chiefs, as stated in a letter written by the National House of Chiefs to the Northern Regional House of Chiefs.
Lawyer Amin Mohammed said the leadership of the Association took immediate steps to deal with the situation, on the basis that the Nanjiro-wura is within the Alfai Area (Kpandai land) which is within the unfettered jurisdiction of the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs and the Gonja Traditional Council.
Mohammed Amin Osman further disclosed that; “As part of the continuous efforts of the Association to unite and keep together all the parts of the Gonja Traditional Council, the GLYA took the matter to the High Court, Tamale for the appropriate redress.
“An interim injunction was granted by the High Court to restrain the Nanjiro-wura from carrying out a ceremony to outdoor himself as a Paramount Chief in the case ‘Gonja Traditional Council Vrs. the Nanjiro-wura & The Registrar of the National House of Chiefs’.
“The President of the Association is providing legal services to the Gonja Traditional Council in the case.
“The elevation of the Nanjiro-wura to the status of Paramountcy under the Northern Regional House of Chiefs is therefore currently a nullity and of no consequence”.
“The leadership of the GLYA is working towards resolving all the matters in respect of the elevation of the Nanjiro-wura to the status of Paramountcy under the Savannah Regional House of Chiefs as may be appropriate and it is the hope of the Association that these efforts would promote peace and harmony amongst the Gonjas, Nchumurus and other people living in Kpandai-land in particular and Gonjaland in general.
“The leadership of the Association is, therefore, respectively calling on the Yagbonwura and all the Chiefs under the Gonja Traditional Council and Savannah Regional House of Chiefs to work collectively towards a lasting peaceful co-existence among Gonjas and Nchumurus”.