The Kumasi Traditional Council has summoned the governing New Patriotic Party’s Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, often known as Chairman Wontumi, to appear before it next Monday, January 29.
He has been asked to reply to claims that he made disrespectful remarks regarding the incumbent of the Golden Stool, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, during a session of the party’s just concluded vetting of hopefuls for Parliamentary elections.
At the Kumasi Traditional Council’s meeting at the Manhyia Palace on Monday January 22, 2024, chaired by the Bantamahene, Baffuor Asare Owusu, a delegation of the NPP, led by its General Secretary, Justin Frimpong Kodua, was accompanied by the National Organizer, Henry Boakye Yiadom, and some Ashanti Regional Executives of the NPP, the chiefs were expecting the appearance of Chairman Wontumi for him to hear and respond to his charges.
However, the General Secretary informed the Meeting that Chairman Wontumi was unable to present due to illness and so requested two additional weeks, by which time the accused would have recovered enough to reply to the summons.
However, in accordance with custom and taking turns speaking on the issue, the heads of the various divisions of the Kumasi Traditional Council outright rejected the General Secretary’s ill health excuse, describing it as contrived, and expressed disgust at the alleged unsavory comments made by the NPP Regional Chairman.
The Divisional Heads voiced their displeasure once more over the alleged use of two Kumasi-based radio stations owned by Chairman Wontumi by a private legal practitioner, Maurice Ampaw, to further degrade Ashanti regional chiefs.
In response to Mr. Kodua’s justification and appeal for extra time for the accused, the Banatamahene, Baffuor Owusu Asare, ordered Chairman Wontumi to come before the Traditional Council on Monday, January 29, 2024, regardless of his health.
Chairman Wontumi, together with Lawyer Maurice Ampaw and Wontumi FM management, will explain why they provided the legal practitioner with a platform to verbally abuse the chiefs without provocation.
Members of the Traditional Council have warned that they will not keep the subject quiet in order to prevent others from following in their footsteps.
They cited previous incidents involving the then-CEO of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Kojo Bonsu, and the founder of the United Freedom Party, Akwasi Addae Odike, who were both hauled before the Council and sanctioned for their disrespect for Ashanti chiefs.