THE Manhyia Palace has stated that the recent misunderstanding between the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the Techimanhene, Osabarima Akumfi Ameyaw, would not in any way affect the Asantehene’s mediation role in the Dagbon crisis.
“Otumfuo is highly committed to working towards achieving peace in Dagbon and would not backtrack on that path,” Mr G.B. Osei-Antwi, the Public Relations Manager at the Manhyia Palace, told the Daily Graphic last Thursday.
He dismissed suggestions in certain circles that Otumfuo’s reaction to the Techiman-Tuobodom conflict could work against his role as the chief mediator in the Dagbon crisis.
Last Monday, the Asantehene indicated during a meeting of the Asanteman Council that the Techimanhene would be captured whenever he entered Kumasi if the authorities failed to deal with him for organising the kidnap and torture of the Tuobodom Omanhene, Nana Baffour Asare II.
The Tuobodomhene had narrated how he was stripped naked and his hands and legs tied by agents of the Techimanhene in the Techiman palace and asked to denounce the Golden Stool, which he refused even in extreme pain.
Mr Osei-Antwi explained that there was a wide difference between what Otumfuo said with regard to the Techiman-Tuobodom chieftaincy dispute and his role in the Dagbon peace initiatives.
“People should not confuse the two because they are different issues coming from different dimensions,” he said.
Mr Osei-Antwi maintained that the Asantehene was a man of peace and would not in any way work against the peace of the nation.
He said but for a recent statement made by a member of the Abudu Royal Gate, the committee of eminent chiefs would have resumed sitting on the matter at Manhyia.
Mr Osei-Antwi described the statement from the Abudu man as very unfortunate, especially as the committee was progressing towards achieving its objective.
However, Mr Osei-Antwi was optimistic that things would start moving again with the Otumfuo still in charge.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu is the chairman of the committee of eminent chiefs appointed by the former New Patriotic party (NPP) government in 2002 to mediate in the traditional aspect of the Dagbon chieftaincy dispute involving the Abudus and the Andanis after the Ya-Na, Yakubu Andani II and 40 others were killed in the bloody conflict at Yendi.
The other members of the committee include the Nayiri, Naa Boshagu Mahama Abdulai Sheriga, and the late Yagbonwura Bawa Doshie.
No one has yet been appointed to take over the role of the late Yagbonwura in the committee.