Saturday, March 17, 2007
Otumfuo cautions corrupt Chiefs
By: SAMUEL DUODU, Sunyani
THE Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has cautioned chiefs against considering the stools they occupy as gold mines from which they could easily amass wealth at the expense of the development of their traditional areas.
“I detest such corrupt practices and I will not hesitate to destool any chief in my area who indulges in such a negative activity”, he said.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu gave the warning when the Chief of Nkwantakesie, near Kumasi, Nana Yaw Boakye II, took the oath of allegiance at the Manhia Palace last Thursday.
The Asantehene has expressed regret that some chiefs still believe that a respected Chief is the one who “swims in affluence, attends funerals and other functions with big umbrellas and the best of cloths”, while his community faces many developmental challenges.
Such chiefs, he noted, would never have peace with their people because the people were now wide awake.
Known in private life as Mr. Douglas Akwasi Acheampong, the new Nkwantakesie Chief is a Disease Control Officer at the Ministry of Health in Ashanti. He succeeded his late uncle, Nana Owusu Afriyie II, who died last year.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu reminded his chiefs that chieftaincy had some respected chief was the one who would lead his people to bring development to the community.
The Asantehene said any chief who sold stool property should be considered a nation wrecker.
He noted that such chiefs normally did not bother to build palaces in their towns and only tool delight in living in the cities where they enjoyed life with their wives and children.
He revealed with regret that gold and other traditional ornaments on one of the important gods of the Asantes at Nkwantakesie, called Obour, were recently stolen by some unknown persons.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu indicated that the god was the one which protected Asanteman and, therefore, viewed the act as serious.
He reminded the new chief that the swearing of the “Ntamkesie” meant a lot to him and said any contravention of the oath would being trouble to the chief.
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