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Wontumi Faces Traditional Council Over Asantehene Remarks

Ashanti NPP Chairman Confronts Allegations in High-Stakes Hearing

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

In a recent development that has caught the attention of many in Ghana, Bernard Antwi Boasiko, popularly known as Chairman Wontumi and the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), was summoned before the Kumasi Traditional Council. The summons was in response to allegations of derogatory remarks made against the Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II. The incident has sparked significant interest due to the high respect and reverence for traditional leaders in Ghanaian society.

The controversy began during the NPP’s vetting of parliamentary aspirants for the just-concluded primaries. It was during this process that Chairman Wontumi allegedly made the remarks in question. Accompanied by NPP party Chairman Stephen Ntim, majority leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, and other government officials, Wontumi presented himself before the council for a hearing.

The case was brought to the council’s attention by Kokosohene, Nana Kwaku Duah. During the hearing, Nana Kwaku Duah recounted the events as he witnessed them during the vetting session. His testimony served as a critical component in the council’s understanding of the events that transpired.

In his defense, Bernard Antwi Boasiko strongly denied the accusations. He insisted that he had not made any comments that could be construed as disrespectful or denigrating towards the Asantehene. Wontumi described the allegations as a misrepresentation and an unfair portrayal of his speech.

This hearing follows an earlier altercation between Mr. Antwi Boasiako and the Kokosohene, Nana Kwaku Dua, at the NPP’s parliamentary aspirants’ vetting. Although Wontumi initially failed to honor the council’s invitation due to health reasons, the NPP national leadership was later directed to ensure his appearance within one week.

The situation took another turn when Wontumi Media issued an unqualified apology to the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC) over derogatory comments made by a prominent lawyer on the company’s media platforms, attacking the integrity of the council members.

Adding to the confusion, a news report on www.wontumionline.com alleged that the Asantehene had directed the Kumasi Traditional Council to discontinue the case against Chairman Wontumi. However, this report was quickly dismissed by sources at the Manhyia Palace.

The incident has drawn significant attention, highlighting the crucial role traditional councils play in maintaining respect and order within communities in Ghana. These councils, headed by revered figures like the Asantehene, hold considerable influence and are deeply respected.

The Kumasi Traditional Council’s involvement in this matter underscores the importance of upholding dignity and respect towards traditional leaders. It also reflects the intricate relationship between traditional authority and modern political structures in Ghana.

As the council deliberates on this matter, the outcome will be closely watched by many, as it will set a precedent for how issues of respect towards traditional leaders are handled in the future. It is a reminder of the delicate balance that needs to be maintained between freedom of expression and maintaining the sanctity of traditional institutions.

This case involving Chairman Wontumi is more than just a legal or political issue; it is a reflection of the deep cultural values and norms that are integral to Ghanaian society. It serves as a testament to the enduring relevance and respect accorded to traditional rulers in contemporary Ghanaian politics and society.

In conclusion, the hearing of Chairman Wontumi before the Kumasi Traditional Council is a significant event that underscores the intersection of tradition, politics, and societal norms in Ghana. It highlights the reverence of traditional rulers and the crucial role they play in maintaining societal order and respect. The outcome of this case will be a benchmark for future interactions between political figures and traditional authorities, marking a defining moment in the preservation of cultural and traditional values in Ghana.

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