The Chief Palace at Nyinahin in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti Region has been abandoned to rot for the past 8 years now at the mercy of the weather after the Chief in the area Nana Amapening Boateng left to settle in Accra.
The Palace which has now turn into a forest reserve also has been burnt down including the stools used by the elders during traditional sittings.
According to him, some criminals in the area have grumbled about the alleged neglect of the palace by the Chief.
He then told the media that, the roofs of the existing structures of the palace were all in bad shape, while members of the public have turned the whole palace into a toilet adding that, “As a community, we are not happy about the state of the palace”.
The crack on the buildings is a deathtrap for those around, especially children who play in the area because it can collapse at any time without any further warning. We have asked them never to go behind the building because it can fall down at any moment.
The Nyinahin Palace and the District Assembly which houses some of the elders in the community, contact was finally made with the Aduana Abusuapanin, Opanin Michael Boamah who told the media during a press conference, “We are aware the palace is in the bad state. We have been waiting for our chief Nana Amapening Boateng to do something about it by renovating the building but no avail”.
He added that “the palace has been there to rot for over 8 years now.
Abusuapanin Micheal Boamah indicated that the palace has now turned into the forest while people use there as a place of convenience and a refuse dumpsite.
According to Ofori Amanfo, a youth leader in the community, he said “the Chief is no longer leaving in the community and do not perform his duty as Chief which has led to the excessive killing of innocent souls since he was enstooled as a Chief in the area.
The palace in its current state has its walls broken and has no windows.
Ofori Amanfo indicated that there is a need for the community to have a palace where traditional meetings would be heard.
Story by Emmanuel koranteng.