Okuapeman will soon have a new chief as processes have begun to install Odehye Kwadwo Kesse as the new Okuapehene.
The 34 year old if all rites are done will be the youngest paramount chief in the Eastern Region.
The installation processes began on Friday morning where after introducing him to the appropriate Kingmakers, a ram was slaughtered and its blood sprinkled on his feet to signify his acceptance as Okuapehene.
Odehye Kwadwo Kesse was then taken round the whole of Akropong township to show him to the public as the incoming Okuapehene, all things being equal.
This process came about after the Judicial Committee of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs nullified the installation of one Odehye Kwasi Akuffu as the Okuapehene and directed that he cannot hold himself as same.
About 3 years ago a chieftaincy dispute broke out in Akuapem following a misunderstanding between factions in the Sakyiabea Royal Gate whose turn it is to produce the next Okuapemhene but that was settled on Thursday, April 30, 2020.
The Queen of Akuapem, Nana Afua Obuo Nketiaa II had by herself selected one Odehye Kwasi Akuffo and installed him as chief, at the same time one Lily Nana Agyeman, Abrewatia of Sakyiabea Royal Gate had nominated Odehye Kwadwo Kesse to be heir to the throne to succeed the late Oseeadeyo Addo Dankwa III.
Unsatisfied about events, the Abrewatia petitioned the Regional House Chiefs challenging the traditional capacity of the Paramount Queen in nominating and installing a Paramount Chief.
The judgement was delivered amidst heavy security presence both at the Regional House of Chiefs and Akropong-Akuapem.
This meant that Odehye Kwadwo Kesse replaced Odehye Kwasi Akuffu as the new Okuapehene.