In a response to alleged disrespectful remarks by Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako, popularly known as ‘Wontumi’, the Ashanti Youth group has imposed a ban on the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The ban, announced during a press conference in Kumasi today, Wednesday, 17 January 2024, follows accusations that Chairman Wontumi claimed to have “built his own kingdom with military and police force in the Asante Kingdom.”
Expressing their displeasure, the youth not only banned Chairman Wontumi from the Ashanti Region but also prohibited his entry into the Manhyia Palace and any other palaces within the region.
The decision was made in response to what the youth described as an “uncalled-for” outburst and an “exhibition of lack of respect for the golden stool” by the Ashanti Regional chairman.
A spokesperson for the irate youth, Mr Eugene Oppong, who addressed the press, demanded a public apology from Chairman Wontumi before considering his acceptance back into the Asanteman.
Mr Oppong emphasised that Chairman Wontumi’s comments were disrespectful to the Asante Kingdom, particularly the Golden Stool, and warranted an unqualified apology.
The controversy arose during the vetting of NPP parliamentary aspirants in the Ashanti region when Chairman Wontumi allegedly claimed to have “built his own kingdom with military and police force in the Asante Kingdom.”
The statement reportedly followed a confrontation between the regional Chairman and the Manhyia South Organiser for the NPP, Alhaji Abuba.
The Chief of Kokoso, Nana Kwaku Duah, who is the Council of Elders Chairman for Manhyia South and was part of the vetting committee, reportedly confronted Wontumi, asserting that, apart from Asantehene, no one in the Asante Kingdom owns a kingdom.
However, Wontumi purportedly insisted that he had the right to express his opinions within the Asante Kingdom, even if they differed from those of Asantehene.