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Opinions of Sunday, 25 January 2015

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson

Ghana is a Democracy but not a Monarchy – “Capito” Asantehene?

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the once nicknamed King Solomon but who is incapable of taking Solomonic decisions, has permanently been a topic of discussion in public places and in the media for all bad reasons. As said, "a leopard can change its name but can't change its spots", so also can't Otumfuo Osei Tutu II renounce his bad ways and life led in Canada and the United Kingdom. Like a mad person who has been cured of his madness, he/she always has a minor trace of the illness in their blood to scare off children. Ghana is a democratic state but not a monarchy. However, the current Asantehene is conducting himself as though Ghana, especially Asanteman, is a monarchy. He thinks he can do whatever he wants, when he wants, even if his actions are irresponsible and criminal, with impunity. He is the most disgraced, if not the most criminal, Asantehene, since the very inception of the Asante Confederacy, especially, the Asantehene stool or institution.

Let me define democracy, monarchy and "capito".

DEMOCRACY is "a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system or a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges"

MONARCY is, "a form of government in which supreme authority is vested in a single and usually hereditary figure, such as a king, and whose powers can vary from those of an absolute despot to those of a figurehead"

CAPITO is an Italian word meaning understood in English.

Under President Kufuor's NPP regime, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II's alleged involvement in cocaine scandal surfaced. The current Ashanti Regional Police Commander Kofi Boakye was allegedly embroiled in this very scandal. This same Asantehene is on record to have influenced the Atuguba Supreme Court judges to declare Election 2012 Supreme Court petition in favour of John Dramani Mahama. He again went to Norway to lose "Nananom" jewels dating many years ago. Many believed he sold them as insatiably greedy and a known rogue as he is.

He claims to be President Mahama's buddy; he sits down unconcerned when the NDC government treats Ashantis with utter scorn. Can such a person without demonstrable integrity continue to rule Asanteman as its traditional head?

He has been causing confusion throughout Asanteman by his criminal enterprises. He has been colluding with illegitimate persons he enstools as chiefs to sell lands of which he has no entitlement to. He has done the same thing in Kumawuman, my ancestral place of birth.

Historically, he has absolutely NO right under the Sun, the Moon and the Stars, to interfere in Kumawu chieftaincy disputes, let alone, colluding with some illegitimates to impose a totally illegitimate of the description of "Obo3fa dadee fa" on Kumawu as her paramount chief (Omanhene).

Asantehene is claiming he has the right to interfere needlessly in Kumawu stool disputes. This has been made possible by an equally myopic, selfish and greedy bastard (courtesy to former President J. J. Rawlings) Abenaa Serwaah Amponsah, Kumawuhemaa.

By the grace of God, they will fail. The wrath of God will encompass them, torment them and make them objects of ridicule.

How can Asantehene exercise undue influence over Joseph Yammin, the self-aware stranger who, but is the Ashanti Regional Deputy Minister, and Ashanti Regional Police Commander Kofi Boakye, to dispatch heavily armed soldiers and police personnel to Kumawu? They are there to beat, terrorise and intimidate the good citizens of Kumawuman for opting to reject that puppet chief (Barimah Sarfo Tweneboah Koduah) he imposed on Kumawu.

His intention is to get this puppet to sign a document for him to sell 240,000 hectares of land to a Norwegian business tycoon and again take a 50% share of Kumawuman money sitting in the Bank of Ghana. Why is this Asantehene so criminal and greedy?

Kumawuman people are resisting his collusive "gang-up, create, loot and share" antics. Following this genuine resistance by the people who care about their welfare and place of birth, therefore installing a chief of their own choosing, Barimah Tweneboah Koduah V, Asantehene has dispatched soldiers and police personnel to cow them.

Where did he derive that power to command the soldiers and the police from? Is it a payback time for President Mahama to reward him handsomely for helping him ascend the presidency? How many chiefs in Ghana have the same right as Otumfuo Osei Tutu II to use the security services to terrorise innocent persons?

Police and soldiers are there to protect the people and the nation but not to be ordered by an individual despot, criminal without comparison, to maltreat poor innocent citizens.

Ghana is not a monarchy, not even a constitutional or limited monarchy so Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, must stop his unprincipled character.

The pursuit of the people to liberate Kumawuman from the false claims by Asantehene and Serwaah Amponsah continues unabated.

On Friday 23 January 2015, the soldiers descended on Kumawu-Bodomase, terrorising the market women and the townsmen and women. In this 21st Century, Ghanaian soldiers and police personnel still behave as if they are still living in the Stone Age.

Rockson Adofo