Chairman Wontumi Ordered to Appear Before Kumasi Traditional Council; Alleged Derogatory Remarks Prompt Summons

 The chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti region, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, widely known as Chairman Wontumi and has been directed to appear before the Kumasi Traditional Council at the Manhyia Palace on Monday, January 29, 2024. The summons comes in the wake of alleged dishonoring remarks made by Chairman Wontumi about the Asantehene.

Accompanying Chairman Wontumi is Loyal Maurice Ampaw, who is also alleged to have made similar derogatory statements on radio. Both individuals are expected to present themselves before the council on the specified date.

Chairman Wontumi was initially scheduled to appear at the Manhyia Palace on Monday, January 22, 2024, but failed to do so citing health reasons. In his stead, a delegation from the NPP, comprising General Secretary Justin Kodua and Organizer Henry Nana Boakye, represented him at the Manhyia Palace.

During the proceedings, with the Asantehene absent, the Bantamahene, Baffour Owusu Amankwaatia (IV), presided over the council session, with all factions of the Kumasi Traditional Council represented at the palace. The NPP General Secretary, Justin Kodua, appealed on behalf of Chairman Wontumi, explaining that he had fallen ill and requested a two-week period for his recovery.

This plea was met with dissatisfaction from the leaders of the traditional council, as Chairman Wontumi failed to provide a medical report justifying his absence. Expressing their discontent, faction leaders unanimously disagreed with the request for a two-week recovery period.

Bantamahene Baffour Owusu Amankwaatia (IV) issued a final directive, ordering Chairman Wontumi to appear before the traditional council on the rescheduled date of Monday, January 29, 2024. The Bantamahene also extended the order to Lawyer Maurice Ampaw and the management of Wontumi Radio, mandating their presence on the same day as Chairman Wontumi.

In a concluding statement, the NPP General Secretary expressed gratitude to the traditional authority and reiterated his profound respect for the Golden Stool. The upcoming session on January 29 is anticipated to address the alleged derogatory remarks and seek resolution within the framework of traditional protocols.