Wednesday, December 23, 2009


THE Mamponghene, Daasebre Osei Bonsu II, has come under intense fire from the Asanteman Council and sentenced to pay a traditional fine of six sheep for disobeying the Asantehene.
Additionally, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has threatened to destool Daasebre Osei Bonsu, if he continues to show disrespect to the Golden Stool.
The Mamponghene was slapped with the fine and warning at the last Asanteman Council meeting for the year at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi last Monday, for refusing to heed the directives of Otumfuo in respect of a chieftaincy dispute at Jamasi, which is in the Mampong Traditional Area.
The Asanteman Council, which comprises paramount chiefs and other high-ranking chiefs in Ashanti and parts of the Brong Ahafo and Volta regions, is the highest adjudicating body at Manhyia, with Otumfuo as the head.
In the Ashanti traditional system, the Mamponghene, who sits on the Silver Stool, is second-in-command to the Asantehene, who occupies the Golden Stool.
At the meeting at Manhyia, it was revealed that Otumfuo had sent his linguist with the Mpongonsuo (a traditional sword of the Otumfuo) to summon Daasebre Osei Bonsu and his divisional chiefs before him at the Manhyia Palace.
When the Mamponghene was called before the gathering to explain why he had refused to bring along his divisional chiefs, he explained that he had not heard from some of them.
Otumfuo took offence with the Manponghene for going against his (Otumfuo’s) instruction to bring his (Daasebre’s) divisional chiefs before him at the Manhyia Palace.
Besides, the Asantehene did not take kindly to Daasebre Osei Bonsu’s refusal to give due attention to his (Otumfuo’s) linguist whom he had sent to deliver the invitation to the Mamponghene at Mampong.
The Asantehene directed the Queen of Mampong to advise her Omanhene to change his behaviour before he (the Asantehene) acted.
The Asantehene said there were a lot of problems in the Mampong Traditional Area, stating that if those problems were revealed, the Omanhene would be in trouble.
However, Otumfuo said, he had decided to give the Mamponghene some time to change his behaviour.
He refuted allegations in certain quarters that he loved the Mamponghene so much that he (the Asantehene) could not point out his (Daasebre’s) mistakes to him.
He said he always looked for the progress of Asanteman, instead of condoning illegality, and warned chiefs who were using his name to sell land to desist from the practice before the axe fell on them one day.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu announced that he would be travelling to Nigeria this month at the invitation of the King of Yoruba to participate in his 80th birthday celebration.
He would also use his visit to join former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to launch the Otumfuo Charity Foundation in Nigeria.

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