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Community appeals to Abia over imposition of monarch

By ANAYO OKOLI

Umuahia—Some concerned citizens of Umuogele Autonomous Community in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia have appealed to the government to stop the imposition of a monarch on them.

Mr Chidi Amechi and leader of the group, made the appeal while briefing newsmen yesterday in Umuahia.

Amechi, who is also the Chairman, Umuaghamanya Development Union, one of the villages, said such intervention would save the area from unnecessary communal clash.

He recalled that the autonomous community was made up of seven distinct villages that derived their names in their order of seniority.

Amechi gave the names of the villages in their order of seniority as Umuaghamanya, Odukpiri/Ugocha, Umuizundu/Umuiwenma, Umeje, Umungburu, Umuagwaoke and Umuamamehi.

“In 2000, the amended monarchical Constitution of Umuogele Autonomous Community provides that selection of a monarch in the community should be in order of seniority, starting from Umuaghamanya”.

“The constitution also provides that the stool which will not be hereditary will rotate between the two major settlements of Umueteo and Ugwulagbo,” he said.

Amechi said that the aim was to avoid unhealthy rivalry among the people of the area.

“In 2001, during the time for the installation of a monarch, Umuaghamanya was denied of the opportunity to produce the monarch.


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