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General News of Friday, 25 November 2016


Kumasi residents upset with Mahama’s security team

Reports indicate that confusion nearly broke out at the Manhyia Palace between President John Mahama’s security detail and some mourners at the one-week celebration of the death of the queen-mother of the Ashanti Kingdom, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.

Hundreds of sympathisers had converged at Manhyia Palace to mark the one-week celebration.

Some mourners were seen making the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) change sign when President John Mahama arrived on the grounds.

That reportedly prompted the President’s security detail to step in to protect him.

But some of the mourners claimed one of the President’s security officials drew a gun at the crowd and the action angered some of them.

“We are all here mourning, not to fight but they want to use the occasion for a political campaign and we will not allow that,” one angry resident stated.

“Suddenly one of President Mahama’s security details pulled out a gun threatening to shoot at us.

I saw the gun. We won’t sit and let them come to our land and threaten us. No matter what they do, change is coming.”

Apart from the people from the region, scores of government officials and politicians have also joined the chiefs to mourn with the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu.

The NPP Presidential Candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo was also at Manhyia to join Asanteman mourn the death of Nana Afia Serwaa Kobi.