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Asantehene hurt by Asamponhene’s murder

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Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is hurt by the tragic killing of his sub-chief and war marshal, Asamponhene Nana Kwadwo Afuduo.

That’s how Monarchical Historian, Osei-Bonsu Sarfo Kantanka, sums up the mood of the Asante King. He says Otumfuo is devastated by the death of his close relative and long time chief driver.

“It is only natural to accept the fact that it would go deeper to hurt him[Asantehene]. It will hurt him a great deal,” he said.

He explained the Asantehene has a “very cordial relationship with the late chief who until his enstoolment was his chief driver. He is not just a chief; he is somebody very close to him[Asantehene]. Even before the person became chief, he was his chief driver,” he revealed.

“Imagine your chief driver you trust most who has also become a chief; whom you trusts most and therefore protects you, “Mr, Safo Kantanka added.

The killing of Asamponhene, a prominent sub-chief at the Manhyia Palace comes as shock not only to Asanteman, but the entire nation.

It is the second time in 10-years a prominent personality linked to the seat of the Golden Stool has been killed under such mysterious circumstances.

Asantehene’s spiritualist with the Nsumankwaa Division, Opanin Akosa, was shot to death by unknown assailants at Atafoa in Kumasi, in 2009.

In this recent killing, three people, one of them described by police as a confidante of the late chief, have been picked up while police search for more suspects.

The Asamponhene, is one of the important chiefs in the traditional set up at the Manhyia Palace. He is a member of the Mawere Division headed by the Mawerehene with 24 other sub-chiefs. As one of the trusted war marshals of the Asantehene, he is not just closer to the King, but performs specialized duties for the Asantehene- protect the King and the powerful Golden Stool.

His traditional status allows appellations, motivational or war songs sang for him at public functions or on the streets, a privilege bestowed on only the Asantehene.

He is also among few chiefs who take part in ‘Akradware’ (cleansing of souls) ceremony and qualifies to sit in a palanquin during the Busumuru rites of the Asantehene.

Mr. Sarfo Kantanka who has been speaking about the important role of the Asamponhene at the Manhyia Palace is providing the link between the Asantehene and his sub-chief.

“He is from the paternal side of the Asantehene. That is, the past queen, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem’s father is from Asamponhene’s house. So that is why Asamponhene is known as Afoduo. Asantehemaa’s father was Afuduo and therefore grandfather of Asantehene. That’s the link. the second link is that the Asamponhene we are talking today was a driver of the present Asantehene. He was a driver for a very long time.”

Asantehene in pain 

Manhyia Palace is yet to publicly comment on the brutal killing of the once Chief Driver of Asantehene.

Mr. Sarfo Kantanka, however, says Otumfuo is hard hit by the incident.

“Nobody needs to be told that, it is one of the pains of Asantehene.”

Mr. Sarfo Kantanka says the departure of Asamponhene who performed specialised role to protect Asantehene and the Golden Stool leaves a avoid at Manhyia Palace.

” A vacuum is created because of the way he does his things. It is very difficult for two people to play one single role perfectly well the same way,” he said.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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IGP must support the #FixTheCountry movement

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The NDC Professionals Forum in the United States has called on the Inspector-General of Police and the police institution in Ghana to begin to find wisdom in the need to support the #FixTheCountry movement.

This is even more imperative after a police officer was fatally shot and killed in a broad daylight robbery in Accra on Monday the 14th of June when armed men on a motorcycle, opened fire on a bullion van transporting cash from a business hub to the bank.

We extend our condolences to the Ghana Police Service and the bereaved families. As a professional body, we believe that his unfortunate situation must trigger the police service to review its position on their hardcore stance in blocking a peaceful demonstration by Ghanaian youths who want the best for their country.

The Professionals Forum in North America supports the #FixTheCountry Movement. It is time to do things right as a country and about time the government begins to FixTheCountry we all call home.

Sadly, another Ghanaian youth with the Ghana Police Service has been shot and killed through careless arrangements for his safety. It is high time we as a nation begin to protect the lives and properties of Ghanaians through proper ways of doing things.

Why should we move money through traffic in broad daylight and expose everyone involved in today’s sophisticated era of crime? Can we investigate the proliferation of arms in the hands of wrong people? What happened to building landing sites for helicopters or better still moving monies at night with drones monitoring in the air with live feed? Can we begin to think outside the box and prioritize the safety of our people?

Our dear nation is overwhelmed with hardship and insecurity, and it is the duty of all to call out those who have carelessly created the mess to #FixTheCountry.

Source: Arnold Appiah, Contributor

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VIDEO: Angry man spotted ‘whipping’ Akufo-Addo and Dr Bawumia’s poster for disappointing Ghanaians

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Ghanaians have been complaining of hardship in the country and have lost trust in the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) spearheaded by Nana Akufo-Addo.

The majority of Ghanaians have complained over the lack of employment in the country, power outages(dumsor), water shortage, bad roads, among other issues.

However, an overly frustrated and peeved man has been spotted in a video ‘whipping’ the poster of president Nana Akufo-Addo and vice president Dr Mahamadu Bawumia for disappointing Ghanaians.

According to the man, he has not benefited in any way after he voted Akufo-Addo and it has been suffering throughout his tenure of administration.

The Video has amassed massive reactions on Facebook with the majority of Ghanaians agreeing with the man that the country is in hardship and the leaders are not helping in any way.

Watch the video below:

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Man shot dead by friend over GH¢5 debt

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A middle-aged man has been shot dead by his friend at Akuapem-Apiredi in the Eastern Region following a confrontation over a Ghc5 debt he owes him.

The deceased whose name was given as Ben, a drinking spot operator, was shot twice on his chest by Kwame Dankwa, a 50-year-old hunter who had confronted him to pay his debt.

Ben was reported to have refused to pay his creditor, a situation which angered Kwame who pulled a locally manufactured gun and shot him.

A resident of the town, Kwabena Ofori told JoyNews, the deceased was pronounced dead on arrival at the Tetteh Quarshie memorial hospital in Akuapem-Mampong.

“Kwame Dankwa went to Ben who operates a drinking spot to collect his Gh₵5 he claimed the man owed him but when he approached him he also failed to pay the money so it turned into a fight and Kwame Dankwa shot him twice. When he was sent to Mampong he was reported dead,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the suspect has fled to an unknown location when residents attempted to apprehend him.

 

SOURCEEdwin Kofi Siaw

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