The Palace of the Asante King, Manhyia is outraged by a BBC report claiming that Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has acquired a three million pound (£3m) neocolonial property in the United Kingdom.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II on Monday, December 13, summoned an emergency meeting with his elders over the BBC story which claimed the sprawling six bedroom property bought in November 2010, has stables, an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court.
The property, according to the BBC ‘sits on a 20-acre estate with creamy marble floors’ and a cinema room.
The purported story states that the property has an attractive drawing room with double windows, a decorative fireplace and paneling. The story sought to strike a contrast between the Asantehene’s modest life in London when he was working for a local council before ascending the throne to what the BBC now describes as his grand lifestyle which includes playing golf and meeting some of the world’s most important people.
Ahead of the meeting, one of the elders at the Palace, the Akyempemhene told Citi News that the story is false.
He said they are yet to investigate the story but added that all indications show that the publication is nothing but a mere fabrication. “We are in the process of holding a meeting to investigate the truthfulness or otherwise of that story because I don’t believe that story. Speaking for myself and knowing the King like I do I can’t believe it unless we do some checks on it”.
“It is not true, it can’t be true. It is a very serious allegation that has been made against the King”. The BBC culled the story from the Sunday Times newspaper