A MEMBER of the Asanteman Council, Osuodumgya Barima Kwame Bonsu II, has stressed the need for chiefs who owe allegiance to the Golden Stool, to heed the call by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to avoid acts that will bring Asanteman and the chieftaincy institution into disrepute.
He said Otumfuo was charting a very good path that must be followed strictly by his subjects to advance the course of development of not only Asanteman, but also the entire nation.
Osuodumgya Bonsu, who is also the Omanhene of Hwidiem in the Brong Ahafo Region, told the Daily Graphic in Kumasi that it was true that the lifestyles of some chiefs did not match their status as traditional rulers.
“That is why since he ascended the Golden Stool, Otumfuo has not relented to admonish his chiefs to lead lives worthy of their status,” he said.
Osuodumgya Bonsu cited for instance that the indiscriminate sale of lands was one issue that normally brought conflicts between chiefs and their people.
“If we decide to sell all lands today, what would we be leaving for posterity?” He questioned.
Osuodumgya Bonsu said the irony of the situation was that in selling the lands nothing was left for future development into public schools, markets and police stations.
The Omanhene said the chiefs had a duty to complement the efforts of the government in advancing the development of their communities.
“We need to follow our great leader, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, who has made development of Asanteman the centrepiece of his reign,” Osuodumgya Bonsu said.
Osuodumgya Bonsu stated that Ghana was moving forward as a nation in its development strides, and all must support the government to prosecute its development agenda.