Bernard Antwi Bo, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) leader in the Ashanti Region, has been instructed to appear before the Kumasi Traditional Council at the Manhyia Palace on Monday, January 29, 2024.
This edict was issued in response to alleged disrespectful remarks made by Chairman Wontumi about the Asantehene around two weeks earlier.
Chairman Wontumi is expected to appear with lawyer Maurice Ampaw, who are both accused of making similar disparaging statements on radio.
The Kumasi Traditional Council has summoned the managers of the radio station where the contentious remarks were broadcast.
Chairman Wontumi was scheduled to appear at the Manhyia Palace today, January 22, 2024, but was unable to do so due to health issues.
On his behalf, NPP General Secretary Justin Kodua and Organiser Henry Nana Boakye led a party team to Manhyia Palace.
In the absence of the Asantehene, the Bantamahene, Baffour Owusu Amankwatia (VI), presided over state affairs.
The Palace hosted representatives from all factions of the Kumasi Traditional Council.
Speaking on Wontumi’s behalf, the NPP General Secretary claimed that the accused had fallen unwell and wanted two weeks to recover.
As custom dictates, the issue was sent to the traditional council’s faction leaders for their opinion.
All leaders who came up strongly opposed the proposal for the two weeks since Wontumi had failed to produce a medical report to justify his absence.
They also hired lawyer Maurice Ampaw for alleged insulting remarks in support of Chairman Wontumi’s declaration.
In his closing remarks, the Bantamahene, Baffour Owusu Amankwaatia, directed that the Ashanti Regional NPP Chair come before the traditional council next Monday.
He also instructed Maurice Ampaw and Wontumi Radio’s management to be present on the same day.
In his last statement, the NPP General Secretary acknowledged the traditional authorities and reaffirmed his admiration for the Golden Stool.
He separated the gathering from the invitation sent to Maurice Ampaw.
The merits of the substantive question remain to be heard.