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We are using interministerial coordination to handle the case – Chieftaincy Minister on marriage between teenager and 63-year-old chief priest | 3News

We are using interministerial coordination to handle the case – Chieftaincy Minister on marriage between teenager and 63-year-old chief priest | 3News

The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr Stephen Asamoah Boateng has said that he is in touch with his colleague ministers whose mandates have a bearing on the purported marriage between a teenage girl, Naa Yoomo Ayemuede and the Chief Priest of Nungua, 63-year-old Nuumo Borketey Laweh Tsuru XXXIII, to address the issue.

According to him, he had discussions on April 2, with the Minister Designate for Women, Gender and Social Protection, Dakoa Newman as well as the Attorney-General, Godfred Dame and Minister for the Interior, Henry Quartey.

“I have managed to locate where she is with my colleague minister designate for Women, Gender and Social Protection.

I have taken the next step to discuss this matter with the Nungua Mantse and his elders and also with the Wulomo,” he disclosed on TV3’s News 360 on April 2.

Asked why he is not condemning the action by the traditional authorities, Mr Asamoah Boateng said, “I am concerned that there is a minor we are dealing with here.

My job involves traditional authorities who are part of the development of this country and my job is also to oversee the traditional, customary and all that.

So, the first thing I did was to establish the facts and get my colleague ministers to ensure we have inter-ministerial coordination.”

Mr Stephen Asamoah Boateng said that the legality or otherwise of the supposed marriage cannot be overlooked in their deliberations.

According to him, in as much as traditional authorities have the right to perform their rites, where such rituals conflict with the laws of the land, the latter must hold sway.

“Things are unfolding and we recognize the traditional rites that they are mentioning, but when tradition clashes with statutes, the law does not allow such a thing.

She is still a minor, but there is some uncertainty about her age and we need to get to the bottom of it” he said in reaction to calls by various stakeholders for the traditional authorities who contracted the marriage to be dealt with according to law.

There has been public condemnation of the purported marriage.

However, the office of the overlord of Ga-Dangbe state has explained that the traditional rite is for religious purposes, and the girl will not perform any conjugal obligations to the spiritual head.

According to Nungua Mankralo Tetse Nii Bortey kofi frankwa the celebrant, representing purity, has been helping the chief priest attend to the 99 deities for the past 6 years.

“This woman sitting next to me is the 2nd stool wife to the Gborbu Wulomo.

Have their rites been infringed upon?” he quizzed.

Naa Yoomo Ayemuede, has been in the care of older women known as Godmothers for six years, preparing her for adulthood as a queen.

Aawon fifiankon Opobi, one of the Godmothers explained that the traditional rites have never interfered with her academics.

Aawon said “She was in school all week until the weekend when the rites were performed.

There’s nothing wrong with it”.

A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Ghana, Dr Samson Obed Appiah believes that society is dynamic and cultural practices must evolve in line with current trends.

“I heard what the Wulomo said that the girl will not perform conjugal rights to the chief priest, but society is evolving and so in as much as these cultures and traditions have been with the people for long, they must find a way to revolve around the current laws of the country.

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