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I cannot join social media condemnation when I don’t understand the facts – Chieftaincy Minister on marriage between teenage girl and 63-year-old chief priest | 3News

I cannot join social media condemnation when I don’t understand the facts – Chieftaincy Minister on marriage between teenage girl and 63-year-old chief priest | 3News

Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, has said that he cannot join social media in condemning the controversial customary marriage between the 36-year-old Gbornu Wulomo of Nungua when he is not privy to the facts of the matter.

In an interview on News360 yesterday, [Tuesday, April 2], the minister noted that, 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.

“I am concerned that there is a minor we are dealing with here.

It is not a condemnation of something I do not understand.

“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, I cannot join the social media condemnation when I don’t understand the facts,” said Mr Asamoah Boateng in response why his outfit has yet to officially condemn the incident.

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

Naa Okromo undergoing the customary marriage ceremony

The chieftaincy minister said he is in touch with his colleague ministers whose mandates have a bearing on the issue, to resolve it.

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

He further disclosed that he has been in touch with “my other colleagues, Attorney-General and Interior”, adding, “We have had a meeting this afternoon.

I have taken the next step to discuss this matter with the Nungua Mantse and his elders and also with the Wulomo.”

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The minister further clarified that none of her child’s rights have been violated.

“Her rights have never been violated.

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.

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.

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