It all started about 3 to 4 years ago when some chiefs of Gwira land demanded a bag of cocoa beans every year from each Settler Farmer as tax.
The people, who are termed Settler Farmers are people who are not from the Gwira land but farm there. These include the Frafras, Kusaase, Dagaati, Manprusi, Ewe, Busanga, Barisal, Grusi, Bonos etc.
There are about 3000+ Settler Farmers across the Gwira land. This demand from some of the Chiefs got heated as they (farmers) resisted paying that amount (GHC660 = 1 bag of cocoa). The attention of the then MP for Nzema East, Hon. Catherine A. Afeku was drawn and she told the farmers that “There isn’t a law anywhere mandating any Chief to demand any amount of his/her desire from anybody at any level, I will use my office to make sure peace is resolved”, she (the Honourable MP), then told the Settler Farmers to pay 100 cedis each every year.
On this, the settler farmers didn’t accept to pay the 100 cedis by saying, “we use to pay 30,000, foodstuffs, cow and some wines each year to the Adontenhene of the land, so we don’t know the motive of paying 100 cedis again”.
This brought a Pell-mell between two parties (some chiefs and the Settler Farmers), but as time fade-by, some of the Chiefs backed Off, leaving only one Chief called Nana Anyinam II.
Nana Anyiman II is the Odikro of Gwira Tumantu. He has been left on the battle field, trying to win “the battle of the gods ” he started at dawn.
Nana Anyiman rules as Odikro, who has given various lands to “galamseyers” to mine illegally at his jurisdiction amidst the “Operation Gallam Stop” by his His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo.
This galamsey activities, which was given the green light by Nana Anyinam II, led to the drowning of three (3) children of the Settler Farmers (names withheld) at the same minute, time, and day.
Honestly, their death was a little mysterious as to how all the 3 got drowned just like a “See-Saw”.
The Odikro of the land, Nana Anyiman II was informed as custom demands as well as the police.
And with the help of the Axim District Police Command, the bodies of the three (3) were retrieved and set to be buried but the Chief, Nana Anyinam II denied burial, saying the Settler Farmers denied paying his tax.
The bodies were left over as the Settler Farmers engaged in serious verbal exchange with the chief upon seeing his “Shenanigan tactics “.
With Axim District Police Command intervened, taking the bodies to Ekwe Mortuary for preservation for the dust to be settled for greenlighting of burial.
Upon the police engagement, the bodies of the 3 were buried with “Police Escort”.
The Odikro then came back home to the “Local announcing Fm”, telling his people (citizens) “the Settler Farmers have just declared war, so any hunter whose bullet has finished should come to my house for bullet because the battle line has just been drawn”.
Again, he (Nana Anyinam II) allegedly beat a gon-gon, gathered his people, and told them, “if anyone sees a Settler Farmer dying/dead, don’t even help him/her, and don’t even bother to come to my Palace to inform me because they aren’t my subordinates “.
The “Drama” moves on.
Nana Anyiman II then sat back observing things painfully flamed in his heart, then bought himself some “Padlocks”, locked some Provisions Stores which belongs to the wives of some of the Settler Farmers, demanding that same GHC100 cedis tax before their Stores could be opened to the traffic of market.
This issue again landed on the desk of the Axim District Police Command and the Odikro, Nana Anyinam II at this time, was arrested, and kept in the custody for days before processing him to Axim Magistrate Court and he (Chief of Gwira Tumantu, Nana Anyinam II) lost the case and was compelled to sign a bond, of which he signed never to put up a recalcitrant behavior again.
After all these above, one gentleman around 40, Kusaase by tribe, allegedly got missing and upon informing the Chief (Nana Anyinam II), he allegedly ignored them.
The Chief on the following day, beat a gon-gon, calling the community to help look for the said missing young man.
Fortunately or unfortunately, he was found dead on a river bank, almost decomposing.
Again, as custom demands, the Chief was informed and he cared scintilla about the grievances of the bereaved family by demanding GHC11,000.00 cedis, a crate of drinks, sheep and another extra GHC 1000.00 cedis before burial.
Here comes another “standstill situation “. The Chief then told the Settler Farmers that it’s because they failed paying the 100 cedis. The body was then sent to First Klass Ultramodern Mortuary Complex at Wassa Agona in the Tarkwa Nsuaem for “Preservation and Postmortem “.
The Axim District Police Command came in and the Settler Farmers went on with the Postmortem and the results came as “murdered” and not drowning.
Upon hearing all these from the Settler Farmers, I proceeded to the Chief Palace for his side of the story but truth be told, I had an interesting experience with the Chief after the amazing conversation. I was told to delete the whole recording from my phone. He later took my phone from me and was told to be justice for him, or else, my life is short.
I then went to the Axim District Police Command, spoke to the Chief Inspector, James Aquandoh to the District commander, ACP Kwame Tsidi and the boss DSP Sarfo and all they said is that, they have instructed the Settler Farmers to go and bury the corpse, and if they get there and the Chief deny, they (Police) will let him (Nana Anyinam II) know where power belongs.
As I’m scribing now, the case is still pending at the Axim District Police as the Settler Farmers wants such utterances by the extirpate.
Below are some footages of the corpse, the Court ruling, and the Postmortem results
“Pay Before You Bury Your Relative” – The Cry Of The People Of Gwira Tumantu
Story by: Kuami Sarkodie, Tarkwa FM
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