New Juaben South Municipal Assembly revokes permit for beautification of Prince Boateng Roundabout and erection of a bust in his memory
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New Juaben South Municipal Assembly revokes permit for beautification of Prince Boateng Roundabout and erection of a bust in his memory


By Jerry Akornor 


New Juaben South Municipal Assembly has revoked the earlier issued permit for beautification of Prince Boateng Roundabout and erection of a bust in his memory. 

The letter of revocation of the earlier issued permit signed by Municipal Coordinating Director of the New Juaben South Municipal Assembly Divine L. Simpiney addressed to Prince Nana Kwaku Boateng and copied to the Registrar of New Juaben Traditional Council, Eastern Regional  Minister and Eastern Regional Coordinating Council on Wednesday 12 May 2021, said "In order to safeguard the peace and security of the Municipality, and after careful consideration, the Assembly hereby do revoked forthwith the permit issued to you for beautification of Prince Boateng Roundabout and the erection of a bust in his memory".

Unauthorized Oheneba Yao Boateng's statue erected by his children 

The New Juaben South Municipal Assembly's revocation letter further stated that "For the avoidance of doubt, the earlier permit issued to you for the above stated purpose and which was executed without the knowledge of the Assembly has with immediate effect been revoked. It follows therefore that you cannot use the earlier permit given to you to erect another bust of Prince Boateng at the roundabout " 


" We anticipate your maximum compliance in this regard". 

According to New Juaben South Municipal Assembly, sequel to the permit by the Assembly for beautification of Prince Boateng Roundabout and erection of a bust in his memory, the Assembly is faced with serious security threat which has the tendency to jeopardise the peace and security of the municipality. 

The Assembly noted that it has come to its notice the bust of Prince Boateng which was erected in his memory has been pulled down with the attendant furore and confusion this has generated within the Municipality.

Below is the letter of revocation of permit issued by New Juaben South Municipal Assembly for the beautification of Prince Boateng Roundabout and erection of a bust in his memory.


BACKGROUND 


NEW JUABEN ELDERS REMOVE 'UNAUTHORISED &  OFFENSIVE ' OHENEBA YAO BOATENG STATUE 

The New Juaben Traditional Council in the Eastern Region has destroyed a statue of Oheneba Yao Boateng erected in the town.

According to the council, the statue was removed because it was erected without the authorisation of Omanhene Daasebre Professor Oti Boateng and the Council.

A statement issued by the Council signed by its Registrar, Maxwell Asante on Wednesday, 24 March 2021, said: "At its meeting held at the Omanhene’s Palace, Koforidua, on 19th March 2021, the New Juaben Traditional Council decided to remove the statue of Oheneba Yao Boateng, placed at the main round-about from the Omanhene’s Palace, for the following reasons:


1. The statue was erected without the authority of the Omanhene and the Traditional Council. This is considered as gross disrespect to the Omanhene, the occupant of the Yiadom-Hwedie Stool and Overlord of the New Juaben Traditional Area as well as the Traditional Council.


2. Oheneba Yao Boateng, who is not a royal from the Yiadom-Hwedie Royal Stool derives his status as Oheneba from his father, Nana Kwaku Boateng I, who reigned as Omanhene of New Juaben from 1913 to 1930.


3. One would have expected the children of Oheneba Yao Boateng, who erected the statue, to exercise due diligence and circumspection by first considering their grandfather, Nana Kwaku Boateng I, for the honour rather than his son and their father.

 

4. The inscription of “Prince Yao Boateng” instead of “ Oheneba Yao Boateng” displayed boldly on the said statue is also considered very offensive to the Akan customary practice and usage. From the matrifocal analysis of the Akan kinship structure, Oheneba Yao Boateng, whose mother is not an Akan,is also not an Akan. The said inscription is therefore a dirty trick that Oheneba Yao Boateng belongs to the Yiadom-Hwedie royal lineage without the pertinent blood of consanguinity.


5. On page 5 of the commemorative brochure on the late son of Oheneba Yao Boateng, Nana Yao Boateng Junior, dated 30th January 2021, which coincided with the timing of the erection of the statue is written the following: “Being a royal from both the paternal and maternal sides of the divide, Nana Yao was passionate about his heritage”. This claim to the New Juaben royal lineage is completely false since, in the Akan kinship structure, the son of an Omanhene is not a royal. Lineage in the Akan kinship system is always traced from the mother side and never from the father side as the children of Oheneba Yao Boateng are purporting to do.


6. The New Juaben Traditional Council has already earmarked the very spot forerecting the statue of Nana Kwaku Boateng I to commemorate his unique contribution as the Omanhene who built the New Juaben Palace. This decision is non-negotiable and cannot be varied in any way.


7. Oheneba Yao Boateng has not done anything tangible for the New Juaben State to merit the erection of his statue at such a vantage point or anywhere else in the Traditional Area. Besides, it is totally wrong on the part of his children to take such an extremely self-serving and inward-looking decision to honour their father without involving the traditional leadership.

8. When Oheneba Yao Boateng’s children were summoned to the Traditional Council on 5th February 2021 for questioning on the issue, they apologized to the Council and agreed to remove the offending statue. The statue has to date not been removed. The children have also on two different occasions, on 5th March and 19th March 2021 respectively, refused to honour specific requests by the Traditional Council to attend its meetings on the issue.


9. It has now emerged that Oheneba Yao Boateng’s children have produced and widely distributed a video of the offensive statue in the United States of America, United Kingdom and Ghana. The Traditional Council is in possession of a copy of the video which is totally repugnant to the history and sensibilities of the Chiefs and people of New Juaben.

The statement said for the above reasons, the traditional leadership of the New Juaben State, the New Juaben Traditional Council, decided without any equivocation on Friday 19th March 2021, to remove the statue of Oheneba Yao Boateng forthwith.


DAASEBRE OTI BOATENG DRAGGED TO COURT OVER DEMOLITION OF STATUE

Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben 

The Children of the late Prince Yao Boateng have sued the New Juaben Traditional Council and Omanhene Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng for demolishing the bust of the late Prince Emmanuel Yao Boateng erected in Koforidua.

Hearing of the civil suit case will start next Wednesday, May 12,202 if the day is not declared a public holiday.


The family of the late Prince Emmanuel Yao Boateng issued a two-week ultimatum to the Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Council Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng to replace the statue of the late Prince Emmanuel Yao Boateng illegally demolished by the council.


The family served notice that it will not hesitate to take legal action against the traditional Council if it failed to replace the statute.


The New Juaben Traditional Council on March 5, 2021, pulled down the bust of the late Prince Emmanuel Yao Boateng erected in a popular area in Koforidua called Prince Boateng roundabout named after the late Prince (Oheneba).

The traditional council described the bust as an “offensive and dirty trick” on the history of New Juaben.


The traditional Council also stated that the bust was erected by children of the late Oheneba Boateng without the authorization of Daasebre Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng -Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Council, describing the action by the family as gross disrespect to the Yiadom Hwedie stool.

The traditional council contended that the late Oheneba Yao Boateng was not a royal from the Yiadom Hwedie family but derived his status from the fact that his biological father was Nana Kwaku Boateng I, who reigned as Omanhene of New Juaben from 1913 to1930. Also did nothing tangible to merit such honor.


Responding to the allegations, the Children, Nephews, Nieces, and grandchildren of the late Prince Emmanuel Yao Boateng through their solicitor – Osafo Adu Amankwah described as disingenuous to characterize their action as extremely self-serving and inward-looking decision to erect the bust because the entire process before the erection of the bust was subjected to lay down procedures and requisite legal regulations.

Daasebre  Prof. Emeritus Oti Boateng, Omanhene of New Juaben 

With the legal battle line already drawn, the burden of proof is on the children of the late Prince Yao Boateng pending the determination of the matter in court. The rule of the term in such a legal tussle demands that "He who alleges must prove".



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