Chief near Elmina banishes woman from town for refusing to pay a fine imposed on her

Chief near Elmina banishes woman from town for refusing to pay a fine imposed on her

A refusal on the part of a petty fishmonger in a town near Elmina to sell her fish on rational basis and to pay a fine pronounced on her has seen the chief of the town banish the woman.

A 40-year-old fishmonger, Margaret Akuvi Akoto, has incurred the wrath of Edina Traditional Council who have banished her because she refused to pay a fine imposed for not selling her fish on a rational basis.

A Daily Graphic report sighted by has it that Akoto has been asked to leave Bantuma, near Elmina, in an apparent exercise of traditional justice.

Akoto, a member of the town's fishmongers association, defied the group’s decision to sell smoked fish per an order of rationing.

In March of 2019, members of the association said they will regulate the supply of smoked fish from Bantuma to Keta and Denu markets in the Volta region to avoid glut but it was at a meeting where Akoto was not present.

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Fishmonger banished from town in Elmina

Fishmonger banished from town in Elmina. Photo credit: Shutterstock
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Akoto therefore defied the meeting's conclusion. She also refused to pay the fine for her defiance.

This incurred the wrath of the leadership of the association and they dragged her to the chief of the Edina Traditional Council, Nana Kodwo Condua VI.

After listening to the sides, Codua IV found Akoto guilty and banished her from the fishing community.

Not satisfied with the decision, Margaret Akuvi Akoto petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to intervene.

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Under the 1992 Constitution, Ghanaians are granted the freedoms of movement, association and speech. The constitution trumps any local authority.

Meanwhile, the Komenda Edina Egua Abrim CHRAJ boss, Richmond Mensah, said they have met with Nana Kodwo Condua VI and have set May 30, 2019 for a meeting on the matter.

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