General News of Sunday, 29 January 2017
The Krontihene of Sunyani Traditional Council, Nana Bofotia Boaponsem II, says the appointment of Lawyer Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh as the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister shows the disrespectful nature of President Akufo-Addo.
According to him, the appointment of Asomah-Cheremeh irrespective of his gross insubordination to the Sunyani Traditional Council proves the point that the entire NPP executives in Brong Ahafo and the President, Nana Akufo-Addo are in support of his behaviour.
The clearly livid Kontihene told Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show host, Kwame Nkrumah Tikesie that Nana Obiri Boahen, NPP’s deputy General Secretary’s remarks that the Sunyani Traditional Council does not have the locus to reject the President’s nominee affirms belief that the party [NPP] has no respect for Chieftaincy Institution in the country.
Krontihene recounted that lawyer Asomah-Cheremeh incited the public to disregard Chieftaincy Institution by refusing to comply with their orders.
“It is not only the legal process which is used to govern the country; tradition and culture are also used to govern a country, and also we use conventions and Common Law to govern a country as it is captured in the Constitution”, he averred.
“How can you [Asomah-Cheremeh] be a leader in a region where you incite the public against Chieftaincy Institution? He has no respect and recognition to the Chieftaincy Institution. Appointing Asomah-Cheremeh as Brong Ahafo Regional Minister shows the disrespectful nature of Nana Akufo-Addo in addition to Asomah-Cheremeh who he [Nana Addo] is encouraging”, he fumed.
He added that no matter how small Obiri Boahen will describe the Sunyani Traditional Council, it remains a sovereign traditional council; thus, he expected the NPP’s Deputy General Secretary to calm tempers down but it appears, he is inciting the youth to disrespect the traditional council.
“….this issue of the 80 percent declaration by the Sunyani Omanhene for former President Mahama, as a result of which the NPP’s Chairman for Brong Ahafo denigrated the Paramount Chief in public, the same Omanhene said to Candidate Akufo Addo that by his next visit to Sunyani, he will be the President…why did the NPP never insult the Paramount Chief for those assertions?” Nana Boamponsem II rhetorically asked.