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Politics of Saturday, 2 May 2009

Source: Story by Malik Abass Daabu?myjoyonline

NPP Chairman in trouble for 'insulting' Togbui Afede

Traditional warriors in the Volta Region have staged a demonstration against NPP Chairman Ken Wood Nuworsu for 'insulting' the President of the Regional House of Chiefs, Togbui Afede XIV.

Togbui Afede, also Paramount Chief of the Asogli Traditional Area, during President Mills' visit to the region said that the people of the Volta Region were made to feel as though they were outsiders during the NPP reign.

His comments engendered a huge debate in political circles with the New Patriotic Party arguing the statement lacked factual basis.

Mr Ken Nuworsu, who disagreed with the chief's comment, reportedly invited Togbui Afede for a tour of the region to see for himself the development projects undertook by the NPP administration.

The National Democratic Congress on the other hand stood by the chief's comments, arguing the views were the aggregation of the feeling of the people of the region.

Supporting the chief's position, the Volta Regional Chairman of the ruling National Democratic Congress, Modestus Ahiable said the NPP government neglected the region and starved it of development.

He claimed the government only started road projects when it was close to elections and abandoned them as soon as the elections were over.

In a swift rebuttal, Mr. Noworsu said President Kufuor had developed the region more than any government in the country's political history and therefore disagreed with the chief.

Now some traditional warriors say his invitation to Togbui Afede was disrespectful and deserving of an apology.

The youth chief of Ho who led Thursday's demonstration and who spoke to Joy News, said "you cannot sit on a horse and slap that same horse because if you do, it will be forced to throw you out."

Togbui Gbongbo claimed Mr. Nuworsu described Togbui Afede's comments as irresponsible.

"In Ewe tradition, the word 'irresponsible' is offensive and cannot be used on a chief," he said.

The youth chief said the anger of the group was not directed only at Mr. Ken Nuworsu but others such as Dr. Arthur Kennedy who is also accused of making disparaging remarks about Togbui Afede.

Mr. Nuworsu has denied the claims saying he never insulted the chief and will not render any apology.

He says he will only apologise if it is established that he insulted Togbui Afede XIV.

Togbui Gbongbo warned the NPP Chairman to remember that he lives in Ho which forms part of Togbui Afede's jurisdiction.

He threatened that if Mr. Noworsu failed to render an apology and retract statements he made in The Statesman newspaper, other measures lined up would be applied to him.