Jerry John Rawlings and his visitors at Manhyia
FORMER PRESIDENT Jerry John Rawlings has taken a swipe at the faceless people who recently peddled wild rumours about the death of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, stressing that the King will not die.
Virtually blasting the rumour mongers who spread falsehood that Otumfuo was dead in South Africa, the former Ghanaian leader said some fiendish people wished he (Rawlings) and the Asantehene kicked the bucket soon, stressing that ‘we will not die.’
Sounding like a prophet, Mr. Rawlings stated emphatically that the Asantehene would live long and continue to contribute his quota towards Ghana’s development to shame his enemies.
The former President was speaking at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi where he and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, had led a group of investors to pay a courtesy call on Otumfuo on Tuesday.
Mr. Rawlings openly expressed his delight to see Otumfuo Osei Tutu in sound health after weeks of wild rumours about his death and expressed his unflinching support for him.
He stated that despite the wild rumour about the Asantehene, he (Asantehene) would continue to live long and his detractors would never achieve their aim, sparking laughter from the Asantehene and other people present.
Among the dignitaries at the palace were the Ashanti Regional Minister, Eric Opoku, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Kojo Bonsu and the foreign investors from three countries; Poland, Turkey and Scotland.
The meeting was held behind closed doors but DAILY GUIDE learnt that Nana Konadu, on her part, told the Asantehene that the investors were in the country ostensibly to invest in agriculture and steel manufacturing.
According to her, the financiers wanted to invest their capital in the country so that the unemployment situation among the youth would be solved once and for all.
The Asantehene said Ghana is peaceful and conducive for investment and therefore appealed to foreign investors to visit the country and invest their money, noting that they would not regret doing so.
He lauded former President Rawlings for the vital role he played to restore the country to democratic rule, telling the investors that Mr. Rawlings was the right person to lead them to invest in Ghana.
Otumfuo’s Car Thrills JJ
After the meeting, Mr. Rawlings led the 14-member delegation to feast their eyes on the Asantehene’s fleet of posh cars parked at the palace.
Mr. Rawlings and his entourage were particularly impressed about the King’s Rolls Royce, as they spent a long period just admiring the vehicle.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II recently returned to the country amidst a tumultuous welcome after rumours that he was dead in South Africa.
He broke down in tears in the open at the Kumasi Airport after touching down from the presidential jet, seeing the sea of heads that had gathered to welcome him.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi
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