Asantehene advises partisan chiefs to resist endorsing aspirants


Asantehene and Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has advised politically endorsing chiefs to desist from such act.

According to the Asantehene, the 2020 general election is imminent and such as of partisan endorsement should be stopped. He cautioned chiefs to be politically neutral to maintain the sanctity of the chieftaincy institution of Ghana.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II reiterated that chiefs are known to solve conflicts in the society, and hence when they are seen as partisan, it will reflect in their conflict resolution. Moreover, he stated that people will not go to chiefs to solve their matters if chiefs as seen as political.

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Otumfuo Osei Tutu II
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

According to him, the constitution excluded chiefs from engaging in partisan politics. Also, he added that the political party hailed by the chiefs may not be what all their members also love. In this manner, the chiefs may not enjoy the full support of their members or subjects. It is for this reason, the Asantehene is advising the chiefs in the nation to avoid partisan politics.

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He made this statements during an address to the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs at a general meeting in Kumasi.

Additionally, he stated that although chiefs have a right to vote, their political choice should only be known by themselves. Otumfuo advised his fellow chiefs at the program to ensure that they obey the 1992 Constitution chieftaincy act.

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In conclusion, the Asantehene advised chiefs to engage every government to ensure developments in their communities.