Abdicate and do your politics - Asantehene orders Chiefs
Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu the second is asking chiefs in his kingdom who want to engage in partisan politics to abdicate their stools.
He warns no chief under his supervision would be allowed to dabble in politics to bring the beautiful chieftaincy institution into disrepute.
Otumfuo was addressing the last session of the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs for this year in Kumasi.
The Asante King’s comments come on the heels of a recent open endorsement of NPP flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo, by 58 chiefs in Atwima Kwanwoma District.
He told the packed Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs he never intends to restrain chiefs from according politicians reception to their respective palaces.
According to the Asantehene, chiefs must be guided by the honorable office they hold and live above reproach though there may be temptations associated with their office especially during the election campaign season.
He however wants them not be over-excited by freebies that come with such visits to go overboard in their utterances.
Otumfuo says the move is to preserve the sanctity of the chieftaincy institution established by their fore-fathers.
He says the directive is not restricted to chiefs in Ashanti but those in Volta, Eastern, Bono Ahafo and other regions who owe allegiance to the Golden Stool risk sanctions for flouting it.