- The Ga-Dangme Youth group has claimed that the late Kofi Annan was buried on a stolen piece of land
- They said the land rightfully belonged to the La Traditional Authority but was illegally taken over by government
- The youth group has asked the government to return the stolen land as soon as possible
The Ga-Dangme youth group has accused the government of burying the late Kofi Annan on a piece of land, which they claimed was stolen from them.
According to the group, the land which is now called "New Military Cemetery" rightfully belongs to the people of La in Accra, but has been forcefully taken over by the government.
This was revealed by a leader of the Ga-Dangme Youth, Prince Derek Adjei, in a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Kassaponline.com
According to Prince Derek Adjei, the piece of land which is now being used as a military Cemetery, was forcefully taken from the La Traditional authority by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).
He slammed the government for allowing Kofi Annan, a well-respected international icon, to be buried on a land which he said was the subject of a huge controversy.
He disclosed that the La Mantse, Nii Dr Kpobi Tettey Tsuru III, had written letters to President Nana Akufo-Addo to return that portion of land to the people of La, but to no avail.
Derek Adjei lamented that the president had not accorded the La Mantse the necessary respect to even respond to the letters.
The leader of the Ga-Dangme youth is reported to have said: “The land doesn’t belong to the Military; it belongs to the people of La. The Military took the vast land from the people of La illegally.”
“After the Military stealing the land, the La Mantse (Chief) has written two petitions to the President over the issue, but several months after, President Akufo Addo has not even accorded the Chief any respect and courtesy to respond to his petition, yet people are being buried on the land. That aberration must stop now and the state must start being responsible and respectful to traditional authorities across the country not just in Accra.”
“The use of the land by the Military for a cemetery is not even authorized by the District assembly where the President has his own representative. After stealing the land, they’ve deliberately decided to bury very important personalities the likes of Kofi Annan, J.H Mensah, Prof. Atukwei Okai and former Vice President Amissah-Arthur there so that whenever we the indigenes speak about the stealing of that land, it will sound as though we are dishonoring the memories of these dead prominent Ghanaians. This is unfair to the people of La. Our lands must be returned to us immediately,” Prince Derek Adjei warned.
Meanwhile, the former UN Chief, Kofi Annan, died in his home in Switzerland on August 18, 2018, after a short illness.
He was buried at the disputed New Military Cemetery in Accra on September 13, 2018.
His funeral ceremony was attended by world dignitaries, with tributes flowing from all over.
The late Kofi Annan was honoured with a 17-gun salute.
His daughter, Ama Annan paid a chilling tribute to him, revealing the rich relationship that existed between the late icon and his children.
His widow, Nane Maria Annan, also thanked God and Ghana for raising such an intelligent husband for her in the person of Kofi Annan.
Kofi Annan Farewell Ceremony: Ghana Says Goodbye to Kofi Annan - Ghana News Today | Yen.com.gh
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