The Manhyia Palace is on a hunt for some faceless members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti Region for openly invoking curses with ‘Antoa Nyamaa’, a dreaded deity in the region, during the limited voters’ registration exercise in the region.
“Anyone who knows their identity should report them to the Asantehemaa’s palace and we shall initiate processes to sternly punish them in a traditional way,” the Asantehene’s Spiritual Head (Nsumankwahene), Baffuor Asabre Kogyawoasu Ababio declared.
Using eggs and schnapps, the NDC members, who are yet to be identified, directed their curses at parents and Electoral Commission (EC) officials in Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital, a belief which has been condemned by both Christians and traditional worshippers.
According to Baffuor Asabre Kogyawoasu Ababi who spoke to MyNewsGh.com, the Manhyia Palace – the official seat of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II – has placed a firm ban on invocation of curses with river gods in Kumasi and Asanteman in general and could not fathom why anyone or group would disrespect the directive.
“It is wrong for anybody to curse with river deities in Asanteman and so these people acted in a negative way. You should not glorify their actions”, the Spiritual Head pointed out to reporter.
The Nsumankwahene also reminded residents of Kumasi and Asanteman that the ban on curses with river deities had not been lifted; he admonished residents to take notice.
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