The Kontihene of Sunyani Traditional Council, Nana Bofotia Boaponsem II,
says the appointment of Lawyer Kwaku Asomah- Cheremeh as the Brong Ahafo
Regional Minister shows the disrespectful nature of President Akufo-Addo.
According to him, the appointment of Asomah-Cheremeh irrespective
of his gross insubordination to the Sunyani Traditional Council proves
the point that the entire NPP executives in Brong Ahafo and the President,
Nana Akufo-Addo are in support of his behaviour.
The clearly livid Kontihene told Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show host,
Kwame Nkrumah Tikesie that Nana Obiri Boahen, NPP’s deputy
General Secretary’s remarks that the Sunyani Traditional Council
does not have the locus to reject the President’s nominee affirms belief that the party [NPP]
has no respect for Chieftaincy Institution in the country.
Kontihene recounted that lawyer Asomah-Cheremeh incited the public to
disregard Chieftaincy Institution by refusing to comply with their orders.
“It is not only the legal process which is used to govern the country;
tradition and culture are also used to govern a country, and also we
use conventions and Common Law to govern a country as it is captured in the Constitution”, he averred.
“How can you [Asomah-Cheremeh] be a leader in a region where you
incite the public against Chieftaincy Institution? He has no respect and
recognition to the Chieftaincy Institution. Appointing Asomah-Cheremeh
as Brong Ahafo Regional Minister shows the disrespectful nature of
Nana Akufo-Addo in addition to Asomah-Cheremeh who he [Nana Addo] is encouraging”, he fumed.
He added that no matter how small Obiri Boahen will describe
the Sunyani Traditional Council, it remains a sovereign traditional council;
thus, he expected the NPP’s Deputy General Secretary to calm tempers down
but it appears, he is inciting the youth to disrespect the traditional council.
“….this issue of the 80 percent declaration by the Sunyani Omanhene for
former President Mahama, as a result of which the NPP’s Chairman for
Brong Ahafo denigrated the Paramount Chief in public, the same
Omanhene said to Candidate Akufo Addo that by his next visit to
Sunyani, he will be the President…why did the NPP never insult
the Paramount Chief for those assertions?” Nana Boamponsem II rhetorically asked.