The Yagbonwura Tutumba Boresa, Overlord of Gonjaland Traditional Council has blessed Sarfo Kutuge Feso (l) as the Paramount chief of Bole following conclusions from the works of the five Eminent Chiefs of Mediation Committee responsible for finding long lasting solutions to all chieftaincy issues in the Gonja Kingdom.
The announcement came today Monday, July 20, 2020 by the Overlord accepting Sarfo Kutuge Feso(l ) as the legitimate Bolewura.
The two parties accepted the verdict by the five Eminent Chiefs of Mediation Committee which was task to bring finality to long standing chieftaincy dispute for the Bole Skin between Sarfo Kutuge Feso(l ) and Chief Bukari Abudu.
In the meeting at the Yagbonwura’s palace at Damongo today it was said that Sarfo Kutuge Feso(l) has been blessed by the Overlord as the new Bole wura and that he can enskin sub chiefs in his area to aid in his administration including his rival chief Bukari Abudu as Jentilpe wura.
The Chairman of the five Emminent Chiefs of the Mediation Committee, His Royal Majesty Buipewura also added that Sarfo Kutuge Feso (l) shall pay an amount of GH 10,000.00, 7 cows, 7 sheep, 1 white cock and 100 pieces of cola nut to the the Yagbon wura palace for disobeying the orders of Yagbon wura on several occasions.
Chieftaincy violence broke out in Bole on December 10, 2018, leading to the death of one, two injured, destruction to properties, and imposition of a curfew.
The violence was an outcome of continued tensions in the town after two disputed chiefs – Nahari wura Bukari Abudu and Sarfo Kutuge Feso (l), who had been embroiled in similar dispute over the Mandari skin, moved to Bole after the former refused to accept the Regional House of Chiefs’ ruling against him.
The late Bolewura Awuladese choose Sarfo Kutuge Feso (l) as chief of Mandari but his nominee was rejected by the Overlord, Yagbonwura Tutumba Boresa, who settled on Chief Bukari Abudu.
The dispute ended up before a Judicial Committee at the Northern Regional House of Chiefs and after eight years of legal battle, the committee ruled in favor of Sarfo Kutuge Feso (l)
Following the decision, Sarfo Kutuge Feso (l) entered Bole to succeed the late Awuladese in accordance with the tradition, which makes the Mandari skin an ultimate gateway to Bole skin.
But his rival, Chief Bukari Abudu, also joined him and after separate enskinments as parallel authorities, the violence followed again on June 4, 2019 during the Eid-ul-fitr day leading to the burning of his house by the youth.
For peace sake, Chief Bukari Abudu, fled the town during the violence leaving the reigns into the hands of his grandson, Sarfo Kutuge Feso, who has already appointed sub-chiefs to help him rule the Bole Traditional Area which is one of the powerful paramountcy in the Gonjaland.