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09 July 2016

Kojo Bonsu apologises to Asantehene

kojobonsuThe Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu has apologised to the traditional authorities in Kumasi following days of intense pressure and calls for his dismissal.

He rendered an unqualified apology to the Asantehene Otumfou Osei Tutu II and Nananom for what he described as “actions and inactions on my part, which may have incurred their displeasure.”

The Traditional Council has demanded the removal of Mr. Kojo Bonsu for allegedly grossly disrespecting them.

Mr. Bonsu wrote to the local Government Minister questioning the locus of the Chief of Amoaman, Nana Agyenim Boateng who was appointed by Otumfuo to represent the chiefs on a committee to supervise the construction of the Kejetia Market Project.

Citing this as one of the mayor’s acts of disrespect towards the chiefs, the council members said they have had enough of the Mayor’s insubordination.
They said this during a meeting at the Palace of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II on Monday.

The members slaughtered a sheep at the Asantehene’s Palace, Manhyia as a ritual to sever ties with Mr. Bonsu if he remains the Mayor of the city.

In a three-paragraph statement, the Kumasi Mayor said, “I have taken notice of concerns raised by Nananom of the Kumasi Traditional Council over recent developments in the metropolis.

“I wish to render an unqualified apology to Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu II and Nananom for any actions and inactions on my part, which may have incurred their displeasure.

“Since assuming office as the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, I have enjoyed tremendous support and cooperation from Nananom. Together, we have developed a healthy working relationship as stakeholders in the collective pursuit of the development, peace and progress of the Kumasi Metropolis.

I shall, therefore, continue to cherish my relationship with Nananom and take all the necessary traditional steps to repair and protect same.”

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