Nana Saforo Koto, the Chief of Bekwai-Abodom, has been removed from his position by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene. This action was taken due to Nana Saforo Koto’s inability to defend himself against nearly 20 charges brought forth by concerned residents within his community.
The charges primarily revolved around allegations of allowing the unrestricted sale of land to illegal miners, contributing to the damaging ‘galamsey’ activities that have harmed local water sources. Additionally, he was accused of neglecting his community duties for a prolonged period of 7 years, leading to the abandonment of important traditional practices and rituals associated with his role.
Nana Saforo Koto’s disregard for essential traditions drew criticism from subordinates under his authority. Despite being given the opportunity to address the allegations, he failed to provide satisfactory responses during the proceedings at the Asanteman Traditional Council.
After thorough consideration of various viewpoints and careful examination of the evidence, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II concluded that Nana Saforo Koto was at fault on all counts. As a result, the decision was made to remove him from his position.
In light of the upcoming 25th Anniversary celebration of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, it has been emphasized that other chiefs involved in illegal mining could also face removal if found guilty. This stern action aims to combat the pollution of rivers caused by unlawful mining practices.
Watch video of the proceedings below: