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Who is Otumfuo? He is not a King – Dormaahene says

The Paramount Chief of Dormaa, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Dr. Nana Agyemang Badu II has expressed his reservations about the title “Asantehene.”

On GhanaWeb TV’s The Lowdown, the Dormaahene claimed a deliberate attempt to distort the history of the Asantes and Bonos.

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He also accused Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of working beyond his jurisdiction by attempting to promote some sub-chief under his umbrella.

Stating that there is no such title as a ‘King’ in Ghana, he expressed his determination not to let that happen,as he is aware of the historical facts.

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“It’s been brought to our attention that the Otumfuo is encouraging some of the chiefs (SIC) under whom I am the president, encouraging them to make them omanhene. That prompted me to make that speech.

“I don’t speak for just speaking sake. First, the history between Dormaa and Ashantis, the history between Asantes and Bonos were being changed.

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“I wouldn’t sit down when I know the truth for somebody to change the history. I won’t sit down… category of chiefs in Ghana. We have paramount chiefs and the Asantehene.”

“Even the name Asantehene, I have a problem with it,” he said.

He argues that, in accordance with the Chieftaincy Act of Ghana, the paramount chief holds the highest position among the hierarchy of chiefs, thus refuting the concept of kings within the country.

“According to their history, there were independent chiefs. If you go to Mampong, the land there does not belong to Otumfuo. I’m the only one who can say this.

“If you go to Kumawu, the land there does not belong to Otumfuo…But by a special magical powers from Komfo Anokye, they were all seated, and he decided to conjure…

“The question is that, who is he? Is he a chief or a king? The moment we became a unitary state, there is no king. People should learn to accept it.

“The point is that I am an omanhene, a paramount chief, can I create a paramount chief? So who is the Otumfuo? Who is he? People say he is a king, No!,” he told host Daniel Oduro.

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