A group calling itself concerned Citizens of Kukurantumi made up of various families and clans in Akyem Kukurantumi in the Eastern region demonstrated Friday morning against the indiscriminate illegal sale of family lands in the farming community.
According to the demonstrators, the Chief of Akyem Kukurantumi Daasebre Boamah Darko II in connivance with some sub-chief and emissaries are allegedly selling family lands illegally without the consent of the land owners.
The demonstrators contend that the lands are families and individual lands contrary to the claim by the Kukurantumi chief that it is stool land.
They said the chief threatened to eliminate anyone who attempts to litigate against him on the land.
They also alleged that the chief has been using the military to terrorize them.
The demonstrators say the action of the chief has deprived hundreds of peasant farmers of their livelihoods since they have been deprived of their farmlands.
The demonstrators led by William Kofi Okraku petitioned the Abuakwa North Municipal Chief Executive to be forwarded to the presidency and Okyenhene to avert bloodshed.
The MCE for Abuakwa North, Alhaji Umar Bodinga said he will forward the petition to the appropriate quarters but denied the military involvement in the land dispute.
But the residents insist that “on the 18th of August, 2022, we had information that he has engaged some military personnel on this heinous crime he is perpetrating on his kingsmen”
Daasebre Boamah Darko II who is Adontenhene of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area however maintains that the land is stool land belonging to Akyem Abuakwa traditional area.
Therefore as custodian of the land lease same for investors to enhance development and job creation.
He admitted to bringing the military but said they were for demarcation of boundaries.