Sunyani chiefs protest against B/A Minister’s appointment

Nana Boaponsem (centre) with other chiefs at the confab.

Nana Boaponsem (centre) with other chiefs at the confab.

The Sunyani Traditional Council (STC) has protested against the President’s nominee, Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh, for the position of Brong-Ahafo Region, accusing him of showing disrespect towards the traditional authority.

The STC has therefore indicated their unwillingness to work with the Minister-designate for the region and urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to take a second look at the appointment.

‘We cannot work with him,’ the spokesperson and Krontihene of the council, Nana Bofotia Boaponsem stated at a press conference yesterday in Sunyani.

The chiefs’ non-cooperation resolution has revived a feud between Asomah-Cheremeh, who is also the Brong-Ahafo New Patriotic Party (NPP) regional chairman, and the STC.

In October last year, the traditional council accused the now Minister-designate of insulting the Paramount Chief of Sunyuni, Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri.

This was when former President John Mahama, then a candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as part of a campaign tour paid a courtesy call on Nana Nkrawiri at his palace.

The chief commended the President for the good work done and predicted that he would win an overwhelming 80 per cent of the votes in the region in the 2016 election.

Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh condemned Nana Nkrawiri’s statement saying the chief “stooped to the lowest level to call on residents of the region to endorse the presidency of President Mahama”.

He advised the paramount chief “not to have appetite for favours from the President at the expense of their subjects. Our chiefs should realise that power is transient and the word impermanence is attached to every sphere of life”.

At the press conference yesterday, the Krontihene noted that after Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh had inciting the public against the traditional council he was summoned severally to appear before it but he declined.

He said not even the effort by the Regional Council of Elders of the NPP to resolve the issue could persuade him to appear before the traditional council adding that the party elders later presented two bottles of schnapps to wash their hands off the matter.

Nana Boaponsem said, “We cannot prevent any indigene from assuming positions in the region but equally we cannot also allow the customs and traditions of the stool we occupy to be denigrated in any manner by anyone.”

The traditional council, he noted have received with great delight the appointments of Barbour Awuah, Minister-designate for Employment and Labour Relations, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, Minister-designate for Health andProfessor Gyan Baffour from the region in the Nana Addo’s administration.

He said the council was grateful to the President for the honour done the region and congratulated him on his electoral victory and his subsequent inauguration to the highest office of the land.

Meanwhile, reports reaching the “Times” indicated that hundreds of NPP supporters yesterday met the Minister-designate at Bechem Nkanta in the Tano South District and ushered him to the regional capital, Sunyani, in a procession with pomp and pageantry.

From Daniel Dzirasah, Sunyani

 

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