Media reports suggesting the withdrawal of summons for Bernard Antwi Boasiako, the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), to appear before the Kumasi Traditional Council have been dismissed by sources at the Manhyia Palace.
The Kumasi Traditional Council directed the NPP to bring Chairman Wontumi for a hearing over alleged derogatory remarks made against the Asantehene during an altercation with Kokosohene Nana Kwaku Dua at a recent vetting session.
Chairman Wontumi, denying the remarks, couldn’t attend the hearing due to health reasons, prompting the NPP national leadership to seek more time, with the Council directing his appearance within a week.
Contrary to reports, the Manhyia Palace sources clarified that no directive from the Asantehene has been issued for the Kumasi Traditional Council to stop the hearing.
The Kumasi Traditional Council, second only to the Asanteman Council, holds significant decision-making authority in the Asante Kingdom. Established in 1952, it covers the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Greater Kumasi, and parts of Ashanti, Bono, and Ahafo Regions.
Chiefs from 77 Kumasi suburbs, including divisions like Krontire, Akwamu, Adonten, Benkum, Gyaase, Ankobia, Kyidom, Oyoko, Mawere, and Nkosuo, are members. Baffuor Owusu Amankwatia VI, the Bantamahene, serves as the acting President.
Manhyia Palace sources note that while the Bantamahene can make pronouncements on a case, it requires consultation with other Council members, emphasizing the collaborative nature of decision-making within the Council.