A former boxing trainer, George Arhin, is in a dilemma as the elders of the Dwamena Clan of Twapease in the Eastern Region are standing their grounds to introduce him as the next chief of the town.
The Twapease throne became vacant following the death of Nana Bosompem Danso II, who passed on in 2009 after ascending the throne in 1995.
Arhin, who is currently based in Australia, made his mark as a boxing coach in the year 2000 with his dexterity in the pugilistic vocation but left the country unceremoniously when he got a hint of his possible installation as chief of Twapease.
He had, prior to his departure, spent time to unearth and nurture young boxers in the country.
Mr Arhin later joined a group of boxers who attended a kickboxing event in Sydney, Australia, in 2014 but did not return.
In an affidavit sighted by the Daily Graphic, Mr Arhin said he declined to ascend the vacant stool of Twapease because of his religious belief and not because he left to seek greener pastures as was being speculated.
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“I am a devout Christian and I do not accept the worshipping and serving of Twapease’s gods. To accept the appointment as a chief, I have to pledge and swear an oath of allegiance to those gods, which I do not want to do at any cost,” he said.
“As part of the rituals before enstoolment as a chief, I have to be taken through body mutilation which includes face marking, male castration as well as a renunciation of my Christian beliefs. These are against my Christian values and principles and so they were the main grounds on which I rejected the offer,” Mr Arhin explained.
Presently, the former boxing trainer is studying at the Holy Trinity Medical Centre in Accra as a nursing assistant.
“I have been informed by my uncle and my mother about the elders’ position to nominate and swear me as the next chief of Twapease but even after my mother had intervened to persuade the elders to look elsewhere for a new candidate, they remained resolute”.
He emphasised that he feared for his life since he could be harmed through spiritual means by the elders of his town because of his refusal to accept what the elders describe as a “non-negotiable appointment”.