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12 July 2016

Kumasi Traditional Council gives gov’t one week ultimatum to fire Kojo Bonsu

Mayor-Kojo-BonsuThe Kumasi Traditional Council has given government a one-week ultimatum to fire the Kumasi Mayor.

The Council insists despite Kojo Bonsu’s apology they will not accept him as Kumasi Municipal Assembly (KMA) Chief Executive.

Earlier Monday, Mr Bonsu was reported to personally appear before the Council to respond to accusations of disrespect levelled against him by the chiefs.

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

This came after the Kumasi Mayor wrote to the local Government Minister questioning the locus of the Chief of Amoaman, Nana Agyenim Boateng who was appointed by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II 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 performed rituals at the Asantehene’s palace to sever ties with him if he remained the Mayor of the city.

After their call for his removal, Mr Bonsu publicly apologized to the Asantehene last week.

He rendered an unqualified apology in a statement 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.”

However, the Council has asked the President to sack him or that he resign or face their wrath.

Speaking on behalf of the Council, Asafohene, Acheamfour Kwame Akowuah II said the president must choose between them [Traditional Council] or Mr Bonsu.

“We [chief] met here the other day where the Regional Minister met us to plead on behalf of Mr Bonsu that he need two weeks to meet us because he was unwell. We know it is the Minister coming to say his own thing because we doubt that he was sent by Mr Bonsu,” the Asafohene said.

“What amazes us is that that same day that we [chief] were meeting, Mr Bonsu was heaping sand at Sofoline and ejecting Taxi drivers from their station. He was going to build with the help of soldiers. We have seen that Mr Bonsu is about himself and not for the interest of Asanteman or Kumasi,” he added.

He said the market and other places in Kumasi are engulfed all in filth while the market women pay their taxes adding that going forward anyone who comes to head the KMA must be invited by the Asantehene to account for their tenure.

The Asafohene said that once they have performed rituals to sever ties between them and Mr Bonsu, there is no way they are going to allow him to stay as KMA boss.

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