- 8 members of the Agona Royal Family of Old Tafo in Kumasi have been kept in the morgue for the past 13 years
- The Agona Royal Family is pleading with government, parliamentarians, the clergy, human rights activists to intervene
It has been revealed that the bodies of some members of the Agona Royal Family of Old Tafo in Kumasi have been kept in the morgue for more than 13 years due to litigation over the right of burial.
A standoff between the families of the deceased and the family head means the dead cannot be buried at the Tafo Royal Mausoleum.
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The Daily Graphic reports that the bodies of about 18 members of the Agona Royal Family of Old Tafo in Kumasi have been kept at the morgue for over a decade.
Despite pressure mounting on the Family Head, the Tafohene, Nana Agyen Frimpong II, to pave the way for the burial of their relatives, nothing really has come out of it.
The Agona Royal Family is, therefore, pleading with the government, parliamentarians, the clergy, human rights activists and particularly the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to intervene in the matter to get the Tafohene to do the right thing to enable the family to give their kinsmen a befitting burial.
The aggrieved gate of the Royal Family has accused the Nana Tafohene of refusing to take any action towards the release of the corpses for burial.
“Our concern is to give our family members a befitting burial in the Royal Mausoleum,” a principal member of the family, Nana Adwoa Mansa, is quoted as saying by the Daily Graphic.
She said the Tafohene’s reluctance to permit their family members to be buried in the Tafo Royal Mausoleum has become worrying.
According to her, her mother, Nana Yaa Nsia, who was the first to die on May 19, 2005, followed by other family members, was still in the morgue, with no sign as to when she would be buried in the Royal Mausoleum, as custom demanded.
“Fellow compatriots, how can I carry out my daily endeavours in happiness while my mother’s body has been in the morgue for more than 12 years?”she lamented.
Explaining the reason behind the suspension of her relative from being buried at the mausoleum, Nana Adwoa Mansa said “one Sarkodie, the son of Maame Kwartemaa, who is not a royal of the Old Tafo Stool, had sworn the Great Oath of Asanteman against him to the effect that he must not allow the burial of Nana Yaa Nsiah, the sister of our late queen mother, Nana Konadu Yiadom II, at the Tafo Royal Cemetery”.
According to her, Nana Tafohene was expected to have replied the oath, but he has failed to do so since.
“Eventually, we resolved that the chief must go and reply the oath at the Asantehene’s Palace to enable us to have access to bury the corpses in the mausoleum. Regrettably, the deceased aforesaid are still in the mortuary,” she explained, adding that “failure to reply the Asantehene’s Great Oath means our family members have restrained ourselves from being buried at the royal mausoleum.”
The corpses of the deceased members of the Tafo Royal family are being kept at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, the Old Tafo Hospital and the KNUST Hospital mortuaries.
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