Wontumi Multimedia’s management has offered an unequivocal apologies to traditional chiefs in the Ashanti Region ahead of complying with a summons issued by the Kumasi Traditional Council about a contentious broadcast.
The apology is for lawyer Maurice Ampaw’s recent actions on an edition of his Mmra Ne Abrabo Mu Nsem show, which broadcast on Wontumi TV.
In a statement issued by the media outlet’s General Manager, management described Maurice Ampaw’s outburst as disruptive and stated that his behavior was inappropriate.
“The Management of Wontumi Multimedia wishes to render its unqualified and unreserved apology to the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC) and Nananom for the unruly behaviour exhibited by one of our hosts at Wontumi Television by name Lawyer Maurice Ampaw.
“Management understands the importance of upholding respect and dignity, especially when it comes to matters involving customs and traditions, as well as esteemed figures like yourselves.
“We recognize that the conduct displayed by Lawyer Maurice Ampaw through our medium Wontumi Television, was completely unacceptable and does not reflect the values and standards of our organization,” the statement said.
While highlighting actions being made to address the problem, management stated that the programme will be suspended indefinitely until a final resolution of the matter.
“We must bring to the notice of our respected Nananom that management had no foreknowledge of the content of the programme on the said night, neither does it control over the minute details of the programme. Lawyer Maurice Ampaw unilaterally produced his show and determined issues to be discussed.
“Notwithstanding that, management does not intend to absorb itself of any blame and therefore accept full responsibility for any mishap,” the statement added.
The Kumasi Traditional Council recently summoned Bernard Antwi Boasiako, aka Chairman Wontumi, the Ashanti Regional Chairman and proprietor of Wontumi Multimedia, on reports that he challenged the authority of the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II during a party gathering.
Appearing before the Council last week, NPP leadership, led by the party’s General Secretary, Justin Frimpong Koduah, appealed for more time for Wontumi to attend, citing health concerns.
However, the Council rejected the rationale and ordered the party to deliver Wontumi within seven days.
The Council also sought the participation of Maurice Ampaw and the management of Wontumi Media in response to the lawyer’s statement against their owner.