Kumawu has since last year had five persons mysteriously disappeared to come back no more. Some of them vanished from the vicinity of their homes in broad daylight. The search for them has not yielded any positive results. Their disappearances still remain unresolved.
Is Kumawu not part of Ghana? Does unexplained disappearance of an inhabitant of Kumawu not merit intensive police search and media reportage? Any mysterious disappearance of a Ghanaian citizen in Ghana, be it through kidnapping for demand for ransom, or capture by those needing human parts for their quest for quick wealth, or the person themselves wandering into unknown/unfamiliar territory and getting missing, should normally be accorded same police attention and media coverage.
Last year, two people got missing from Kumawu township in broad daylight. Searches conducted by their family members and friends in attempts to find them proved negative. They were one Madam Yaa Achiaa from Kumawu Concert House, thus, the late Opanin Yaw Marfo’s house. The other person was the son of one Owonta Gyebuaah and her husband Mr Kwame Agyei.
This year, three people have similarly got missing to never be found, or to return no more. On Monday, 1st July 2019, one Yaw Nyadu, a 21 year old boy, the son of Mr Kwadwo Asare, disappeared from his house in the afternoon. His house is at Domeabra, a suburb of Kumawu which is opposite to the current Kumawu hospital.
One Madam Amma Serwaah, also known as Esther Ofori, a mother of two, and about fifty years old, from Kumawu-Apebiakyere, mysteriously disappeared. She lived at a house adjacent to the Kumawu palace, thus Methodist Mama’s house. However, she disappeared from her second house at Kumawu Domeabra in the same month of July 2019 or the last week of June 2019. Esther had once resided in Germany and Holland.
As if that was not enough, on Monday, 8th July 2019, a mother who had gone to Kumawu with her child to attend a funeral encountered her worst nightmare. The funeral was held on Saturday, 6th July, 2019. She had decided to wait until Monday when the relatives of the decedent would sit as per tradition and custom, to determine the total money donations received and the cost incurred during the funeral.
On Monday, 8th July 2019, when they had finished what could be said to be funeral rites audit, thus, the relatives meeting to balance the cost and the money receipts, the woman’s twelve-year old child was nowhere to be found. He had also vanished as though a fairy (“moatia”) had whisked the child away to appear no more.
What is indeed going on in Kumawu? There are more questions to be asked than there being credible answers that anyone can offer. The people disappeared in broad daylight. This is what makes the whole saga weird.
I am not here to aggravate the emotional pain the parents, family and friends, of the disappeared persons are going through. Nonetheless, I am here to inform the whole country of the mysterious disappearances of people from Kumawu since July 2019 in case the government or a good Samaritan with the needed knowhow could go to the aid of the missing persons’ families to help them locate their loved but missing relatives.
In the wee hours of Thursday, 8 August 2019, a staunch supporter of Barima Tweneboa Kodua V, the people’s preferred chief who is also the Lord’s anointed one, had his head nearly severed in his own home. In the early morning hours of Thursday, his family members could hear the gurgling sound of a dying person coming from his room. They rushed into his room only to find his neck with a deep cut wound from the back of his neck to his throat, and lying in a pool of blood.
They rushed him to Kumawu hospital only to be referred to Kumasi Central (Okomfo Anokye) hospital. This person under discussion is one Mr Kwaku Bamfo, alias Banker. He was with Kumawuhene Barima Tweneboa Kodua V when they were attacked, shot at, by the police and military intentionally dispatched to Kumawu-Bodomase by Asantehene and COP Nathan Kofi Boakye to disrupt the funeral of the late Nana Okyere Krapa, the Akyempemhene of Kumawu, and/or probably kill Barima Tweneboa Kodua V.
Banker was again arrested at night from his house by the police and taken to Kumasi along with the late Opanin Yaw Barima, Kwame Bannor, Akwoko (carpenter) and others. They were, and are, all staunch supporters of Kumawuhene Barima Tweneboa Kodua V. They were arrested because of their support for Barima Tweneboa Kodua V who is maliciously opposed by Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, and Kumawuhemaa Nana Abenaa Serwaah Amponsah, all for dubious or completely absurd reasons.
Shockingly, when Banker had his neck nearly cut off, the information reaching me from a very reliable source indicates that the supporters of the self-styled Kumawuhene Barima Sarfo Tweneboa Kodua and Kumawuhemaa Nana Abenaa Serwaah Amponsah were jubilating.
Why should they be happy that Banker nearly died? Was he attacked by unknown assailants? The rumour that emerged following the incident was he attempted to kill himself. What could be the reason for him trying to commit suicide by chopping his head off? Others are saying some people had attempted to kill him. Who could those wanting to kill him be, and for what reasons?
The police must investigate how Banker’s neck nearly got completely cut. Now he is in a critical condition at the hospital.
What is going on in Kumawu and for what reasons? Could the police mind getting to the bottom of the causes of the mysterious disappearances of some Kumawu citizens and how Banker was nearly killed either by himself or by some assassins?
Could the media also begin to give coverage to the incidents happening in Kumawu following my notification of this article? Unless Kumawu is not part of Ghana or it does not worth any mention or anyone’s attention, the media and the security personnel in Ghana owe the people the duty to conduct intensive investigations into the incidents with appropriate media coverage accorded. Or, do I have to appeal for international assistance to get the incidents investigated?