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No Judge Or Court Can Make You Chief If I Reject You – Otumfuo Warns K.K Sarpong, Others



In a recent address to the Asanteman Council, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, issued a stern caution to Royals and stool seekers within the Asante Kingdom, advising them to refrain from taking stool-related grievances to the courts. This caution comes in the wake of the 25th anniversary of his enstoolment as Asantehene.

Speaking to the assembled Chiefs and Queen Mothers, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II made it clear that no judge or court holds the authority to compel him to accept an individual as a chief if he has already rejected that person. He emphasized that, according to Asante customary practices, the Asantehene possesses the ultimate authority to accept or reject a nominee for a stool, regardless of whether there are issues with the nominee.

“Under our customary practices, it is within my full authority to decide on the suitability of a nominee for any stool,” Otumfuo asserted. “Even without any specific issues, I reserve the right to reject a nominee if I believe I cannot work harmoniously with them.”

To illustrate his point, the Asantehene recounted an incident during the reign of his uncle, Otumfuo Sir Osei Agyemang Prempeh II. On that occasion, the Asantehene rejected a nominee for a stool simply because, after observing the individual’s demeanor, he felt he could not collaborate effectively with him.

The Asantehene’s message appears to be directed, in part, at Dr. K.K. Sarpong, a former CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). Dr. Sarpong’s nomination for the Offinso Stool was annulled by Otumfuo Osei Tutu II following objections from other members of the Asona Royal Family of Offinso, who disputed his claims to royalty.

Otumfuo questioned the appropriateness of challenging his decisions in court, asking rhetorically, “Will those who take me to court swear allegiance to the judge or the courts?”

The Asantehene’s directive underscores his determination to uphold the integrity of Asante customary law and practices, ensuring that stool matters are resolved within the traditional framework rather than through the judiciary. This approach aims to maintain harmony and respect for the cultural heritage of the Asante Kingdom.

The Asanteman Council, comprising Chiefs and Queen Mothers, has been urged to adhere to this directive and to work together to resolve disputes in accordance with established customary practices. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s warning serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving the autonomy and traditions of the Asante Kingdom in the face of modern legal challenges.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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