Nana Boakye Darkwa will cease to be the Benkumhene of Asamang Tamfoe as the Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin has ordered that he be destooled over illegal mining.

This directive followed a petition by a local  group called Concerned Citizens of Asamang Tamfoe to the Akyem Abuakwa judicial council on November 9, 2022.

The group accused the traditional leader of engaging in illegal mining activities, causing the polluting of rivers, degrading farmlands, and threatening the food security and livelihood of smallholder farmers.

Below is part of the content of the submitted petition.

“People of Foreign descent have been allowed and in conjunction with the chief of the town and sub-chiefs are dangerously engaging in illegal mining so close to the only portable source of good drinking water-the Tamfoe river. Some of the mining sites almost end within the river bed causing so much discomfort and damage to the residents.
“It is rumoured that the chief Nana Kwame Koh II himself is part of the illegal miners and indeed on 19 October 2022, 5 excavators were sized under an operation mounted by over 25 soldiers and carried away. One of the excavators is alleged to belong to the chief,” 

The petition was submitted weeks after some illegal miners in Asamang Tamfoe clashed with Okyeman Environmental Taskforce against galamsey activities in the community, leading to the exchange of gunshots on the streets.

The Benkumhene later held a press conference on October 6, 2022, calling the bluff of the Okyeman Environmental taskforce led by Chief of Akyem Apapam, Osabarima Apagya Ofori IV and dared to violently clash with them should they return.

The Akyem Abuakwa Judicial Council subsequently summoned the Chief of Asamang-Tamfoe Osabarima Kwame Koh II and the Benkumhene Nana Boakye Darkwa to appear before it on 21st November 2022 for a hearing.

After being asked several tough questions the Benkumhene admitted guilt and lied prostrate to apologize to Okyenhene and Akyem Abuakwa traditional council for his conduct.

However, his show of remorse didn’t exonerate him entirely. The Okyenhene who chaired the Akyem Abuakwa Judicial Council himself ordered that he be destooled.

Ghana’s water bodies, farmlands, and forest reserves among other things have been destroyed as a result of the galamsey, which both locals and foreigners are guilty of.