The Okyeman Council has imposed a fine of 72 sheep and 36 crates of schnapps on Odehye Kwame Boateng, the man who accused the Okyenhene, Amoatia Ofori-Panin II of involvement in illegal gold mining in the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area of the Eastern Region.
He has one week to make good the fines or he will be banished from Okyeman.
The Council imposed the fines after Odehye Kwame Boateng failed to attend a meeting at the Ofori Panin Fie Friday scheduled to hear his evidence against the revered Okyenhene, Paramount Chief of the traditional area.
Abusuapanin Kwasi Gyekye, who represented Boateng at the meeting, according to Maxwell Kudekor of Asempa FM, told the gathering the accuser had spurned all entreaties to respond to the call to justify his charges on the grounds that he feared his life might be in danger.
A member of the Okyenhene’s counsel, Mr. Kwame Acheampong, on Asempa FM, explained that Boateng had been fined 24 sheep and 12 crates of schnapps for failing to recite correctly the great oath of the Akyems, Awukudae ne Kwanyarko, which he rendered Memeneda ne Kwanyarko. The same fine was imposed for his failure to observe rituals that accompany the invocation of the oath (he should have hurried to the chief’s palace to inform the authorities of whatever challenge he faced and for which he invoked the oath), while a third crime – invoking the bonafide oath of the Okyenhene – also attracted the same fine – 24 sheep and 12 crates of schnapps.
Should Boateng fail to meet the deadline and pay the fines, he will be considered a persona no grata in the whole of Okyeman, and nobody would be expected to socialize with him nor attend his funeral, and he cannot be buried in Akyem.