#DumsorMustStop Ga and La Traditional councils in confusion over vigil

The two traditional councils are claiming to have authority over the Shiashi land, where the #DumsorMustStop vigil is said to take place.

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The Ga Traditional Council and La Traditional Council are said to be in confusion over who has jurisdiction over Shiashie, the land on which celebrities have decided to hold the #DumsorMustStop vigil.

The two traditional areas are each claiming to have authority over Shiashie land. While the Ga Traditional Council is insisting that because it has announced its annual ban on noise making and drumming, it will not allow the vigil to take place, the La Traditional Council, on the other hand, insists it is not yet time for the ban to take effect, and thus the group can go ahead and stage the vigil.

The posture of the traditional authorities has consequently set in motion a debate among Ghanaians as to which of them actually has control over Shiashie land. When the Ghanaian celebrities announced over a week ago that they intend to embark on the vigil, the Ga Traditional Council called on them to put a stop to it.

According to the Council, the land on which they intend to converge to commence their programme falls under its jurisdiction, and because they had announced its annual ban on noise-making and drumming, the vigil could not hold.

Nii Duodu Nsaki, acting President of the Ga Traditional Council, told Joy News in an interview that the Shiashi venue is under their jurisdiction, insisting that the vigil scheduled for Saturday May 16 will not take place.

"Where it is [Shiashi], is all part of the Ga traditional area, so we said they must not do it. Why can't they wait for one month?", he asked.

Throwing light on the issue, Nii Duodu Nsaki noted that their refusal to allow the vigil to take place is because they suspect that,  the programme is likely to turn noisy, given the number of people expecting to participate. "They should give us one month. We can't ban them forever. We all support them, but is there a guarantee that it is a vigil? How can they guarantee us?"  

However, Nii Yemo Obroni VII, Chief Priest of the La Traditional Council, has indicated that there is no reason the celebrities cannot go ahead with their vigil, because there is no ban on noise-making in that area.

He maintained that the area falls under the La Traditional Council, and as far as he is concerned, his people have not declared a ban on noise making and as a result, anybody living in the area could go about their normal duties without fear or favour.

Nii Yemo Obroni VII told Adom FM's morning show host, Captain Smart, that if they don't talk about this now, and allow all and sundry know that the area belongs to them, one day somebody will snatch their lands from them. He also revealed that, the organisers of the programme had sent a special invitation to him to come and pray for the success of the vigil, and as such, he is going to join them.

The vigil is set to take place on Saturday, May 16 at the bridge between the old Legon gate and On-the-run and celebrities joining are Barimah Sydney, Prince David Osei, Confidence Haugen, Ama K Abebrese and many others.

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