Overlord of the Ashanti Kingdom Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has asked chiefs in the Region to be fair towards all political parties irrespective of their leaning.
Speaking at a ‘Special Akwasidae’ organized at the Manhyia Palace as part of activities marking 17 years after he became absolute Monarch of the Kingdom, the Asantehene said the call is important for all reasons including politics and the natural laws of fair play and justice.
Themed around the upcoming November General Elections, the Asantehene said it was significant that chiefs were aware of the influence they wielded and put them to good use, adding they have crucial roles to play in safeguarding the peace of the land.
Sunday’s call comes after recent declarations by some chiefs in the country, pledging allegiance and support for political groupings.
The Manhyia Palace, the spiritual home of the overlord Sunday hosted the ‘Special Akwasidae’ Festival to kick-start series of others planned to mark his 17 years on the Golden Stool.
Key figures from Ghana’s chieftaincy, corporate and political institutions including President John Mahama attended what was a colourful event.
The occasion was used to display the rich cultural heritage of the Ashanti people. Flanked by drum-beating and horn-blowing subjects, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II was escorted to the durbar grounds in a uniquely golden Ashanti Palanquin style.
Otumfuo sat in state to receive guests from all parts of the world.
Yesterday’s event will be followed by a Thanksgiving Service at the St. Cyprian Anglican Cathedral on Tuesday.
The Akwasidae is celebrated every 42 days. It affords primarily the Ashanti people, and Ghanaians from all walks of life an opportunity to pay homage to the King.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II became King on April 26, 1999. He succeeded his late brother Otumfuo Opoku Ware II. He is the youngest son of the Asantehemaa Nana Afua Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.
Privately known as Barima Kwaku Duah, he remains an iconic symbol of hope for the Chieftaincy institution across the world.