The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has presented undisclosed amount of money and a cartoon of drinks to the Chiefs and Elders of the of the Gonja Kingdom during the outdooring of Yagbonwura Bi- Kunuto Jawu Soale at the Jakpa Palace in Damango.

The enskinment of the new Yagbonwura followed the demise of Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boresa I last month.

The colourful event, premised on the display of the culture of the people of Gonja, attracted a large retinue of dignitaries from all walks of life to witness and support the historic occasion.

The guests included the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia; former President John Dramani Mahama, President of the National House of Chiefs, Ogyeahohuo Yaw Gyebi II; and Minister-designate of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Asamoah Boateng.

Also gracing the occasion were chiefs, ministers of state, Members of Parliament, political party representatives, the clergy, among others, predominantly from northern Ghana.

Before the coronation in Damongo, the Yagbonwura was enskinned behind closed doors upon the completion of traditional rites the previous day.

Carried on a horse back, the consummation was later led on a procession to Damongo where hundreds of people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the new Overlord.

In his inaugural speech, Yagbonwura Soale I paid glowing tribute to his predecessor for a sterling reign and pledged to continue his good works.

As a matter of urgency, he said: “I will work to maintain the integrity of the Jakpa Palace and the Gonja Kingdom”.

He pledged to collaborate with the government and various stakeholders to champion the development of the Kingdom, stating that “I will work to settle disputes, protect the territorial boundaries and bring massive development to Gonjaland”.

While commending the kingmakers and other major characters for a successful transition, the Yagbonwura called for peaceful co-existence among the people, saying their main enemy was poverty, hence the need for all to work collectively towards eradicating it.

Dr Bawumia congratulated the new Yagbonwura and gave the assurance that the government would give him the needed cooperation and support to fulfil his vision.

“We may be different tribes, but we are one people, so we must always remember that our enemy is poverty so we must all fight poverty and not ourselves, he said”.

Former President Mahama also congratulated the new Yagbonwura and wished him well in his reign.

“I feel very proud to be a Gonja today because it is not the same in many traditional areas.

In many areas, when a king dies it means it is a time for disputes and people can die in the process.

We all can be proud of the smooth manner our new Overlord has been chosen and outdoored,” the former President said.


Source: Graphic Online.