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06 July 2016

Manhyia, KMA feud: Kojo Bonsu must show remorse – Sociologist

Mayor-Kojo-BonsuA Sociologist has urged the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, (KMA) to read about Governance and Practice as a way of solving a feud between himself and the Kumasi Traditional Council.

Dr Obiri Yeboah in an interview with Joy News is also recommending that the embattled Kumasi Mayor apologises to the Council over allegations of disrespect.

The Traditional Council has demanded the removal of Mr Kojo Bonsu for allegedly showing gross disrespect to 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.

The Deputy Local Government Minister, Emmanuel Agyekum told Joy News the ministry will investigate the feud between the two parties.

The Queenmother of Denkyira, Nana Ama Ayensua Saarah III recently accused the government of neglecting the area. This also led to the invocation of the great oath of the Denkyira Traditional area on the Municipal Chief Executives of Upper Denkyira East and West.

A Sociologist, Dr Obiri Yeboah said the structure of the Local Government Act has to be reconsidered because it marginalizes the Local Authorities in the governance process.

“But we have to look at the modern governance principles and practice that although they are marginalized, in leadership and governance we have to make sure there is  transparency, representation and consensus building…every government chief or government representative must know this,” Dr Obiri Yeboah indicated.

Dr Obiri Yeboah believes the Local government representatives must include the local authorities in decision-making because “they are working for the people and they need to be represented.”

He urged Mr Kojo Bonsu to show remorse and apologize to the Kumasi Traditional Council and broker peace with them.

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