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Our People Have Chosen To Support Different Political Parties But We Have Never Been Enemies – Otumfuor Tells Awomefia



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Otumfuor Osei Tutu II in a pose with Togbe Sri III

The Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II in a powerful speech yesterday at the Anlo Hogbetsotso Za Festival 2022, acknowledged the difference in political ideology between Asantes and Anlos but insisted that the two Kingdoms have never been enemies.

The Asante Monarch graced the occassion as the Special guest of honor under the auspices of the King of Anlo, Togbe Sri III who sat in state at the colorful durbar with his sub and divisional chiefs, including the Awadada of Anlo State.

Delivering his speech as guest of honor, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II recounted the genesis of Asante-Anlo relations which dates back to the 19th century during the reign of Asantehene Kwaku Dua, when a tripartite alliance was formed by Asante, Akwamu and Anlo against common enemies.

Otumfuor Osei Tutu at Anloga Yesterday

The Asantehene continued that this relationship was further strengthened during the reign of Asantehene Kofi Karikari, during whose reign, Anlos were given a vast land to settle in Kumasi, a place which they were allowed to name ‘Anloga’ after their original home in the Volta Region.

Otumfuor also dispelled the unfortunate attempts to create an artificial enmity between Asantes and Ewes, particularly Anlos by recounting the massive support given to Komla Agbeli Gbedema when he sought to lead the country after the overthrow of Nkrumah.

In fact, the Asantehene reminded the gathering that when Gbedema formed his Party, the National Alliance of Liberals, it was his (Otumfuor’s) own brother, son of the then Asantehemaa Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko who accepted to be his (Gbedemah’s) Chairman.

The Asante Monarch, therefore, called for the relationship between the two Kingdoms to be sustained and not be allowed to deteriorate by the machinations of Politicians.

The Hogbetsotso Festival was also graced by the Ga Mantse, Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru who was the Chairman for the Occassion.

Source: GhanaFeed.Com

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