Asantehene condemns Parliament’s intransigence – fears it is a recipe for civil disorder



The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, deplored the intransigent positions taken by the majority and minorities in Parliament on issues of national interest.

He said such intransigent positions did not bode well for the country’s democracy and could create space for an insurgency.

“When the art of governance becomes too rigid and inflexible, it invites a search for an irresistible force and an unorthodox path for resistance. Or, if you will, when you tempt fate too often, you risk the danger that fate will strike down with unforeseen consequences, ”he warned.

Compromise

Speaking last Sunday evening at the launch of the commemorative gold coin to mark the two decades of his induction and also to recognize his peace initiatives, Otumfuo Osei Tutu called on both sides of the House to learn to concede and to compromise.

“Governments should always have the humility to recognize and accept useful contributions from all sources,” he said.

He said that the good people of Ghana are very proud of their commitment to democratic governance and that they are proud to be an oasis of peace in an “island of torrent” and our record as a thriving democracy has helped us. well served ”.

The Asantehene, however, observed that “democracy is not a static object; nothing in the art of government really is. Democracy is a work in progress ”.

He said the situation where the majority allowed the minority to have their say, while the majority got what they wanted, could not be allowed to continue and called on the House to try to meet. .

He said that a word that had come “to symbolize the blood and soul of democracy is ‘compromise’.”
“Whether you navigate the labyrinths of international diplomacy or grapple with the intractable problems of domestic politics, from the United States to Germany, from Israel to
With Japan across the country proclaiming its faith in democracy, the name of the game is compromise, ”he said.

Do your job

Otumfuo Osei Tutu urged MPs to keep doing their best, as the electorate would monitor their performance and decide their fate at the end of the day.

“People listen to, observe and evaluate what their leaders are doing over time and make their judgments at the right time. In this way, our parliamentary representatives can rest assured that their contributions in the House are not wasted.

“People have taken note of them and, without a doubt, they will give them some thought when the time comes to determine the next phase of our government process,” he said.

Despite this, he warned MPs not to take powers that were not theirs.

According to Asantehene, “our representatives must keep in mind that it is not their role to determine the policy of the executive or to prevent the executive from fulfilling its legitimate role.”

He called on MPs to lower the temperature and allow the governance process to continue, “so that the people retain their exclusive rights to pass judgment on how they have been governed at the appropriate time.”

“We elect people to represent us to make sure there is a certain balance in what governments are doing. It is good that our representatives in Parliament submit the national budget to the most rigorous scrutiny and call for changes, ”he added.

Pillar of peace

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia praised Asantehene for its role in building peace in the country, especially its role in resolving the Dagbon Chiefdom crisis.

He said the Asantehene had been instrumental in the transition of power after every general election for the past 20 years.

Therefore, according to Dr Bawumia, the commemorative gold coin to celebrate Otumfuo as a pillar of peace in the country was worth it.

No legal tender

Bank of Ghana Governor Dr Ernest Addison explained that the coin, which was minted by Gold Coast Refinery, was not legal tender and therefore would have no monetary value.

“The gold coin will have no monetary value. By that, it means that it will not be a medium of exchange and not exactly a legal tender, ”he explained.

As a result, he said, the coin would display no face value to avoid the risk of being mistaken for legal tender coins in circulation.

Auction

The first coin was purchased by the executive chairman of the KGL group of companies, Mr. Alex Dadey, at GH ¢ 1 million.

The Ghana Gas Company Ltd also bought one for GH ¢ 200,000, while the Ministers of Food and Agriculture and Trade and Industry, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto and Mr Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen , respectively bought a coin at GH ¢ 50,000.

The proceeds from the pieces auctioned will be used to establish a multi-purpose cultural resource center in Kumasi to promote activities related to the resolution of traditional and customary conflicts in the country.

Personalities

The black-tie ball drew the crème de la crème of Ghanaian businessmen and politicians, with most of the male guests in three-piece suits, while the ladies were in formal gowns.

Very few guests wore traditional clothing at the event hosted by E ON 3 Group, a Ghanaian business solutions provider based in Accra, in collaboration with Precious Minerals Marketing Company (PMMC) Limited and Manhyia Palace.

The marquee that served as the center of the event was draped in black gold, giving the venue an exquisite vibe.

Among the patrons, the Chief of Staff of the Presidency, Ms. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare; the Chief Justice, Judge Kwasi Anin Yeboah; the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame; the Minister of Information, Mr. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, and the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr. Samuel Abu Jinapor.

Those in the private sector included Sir Sam Jonah, Mr. Kwame Kyei of Unity Oil, a former Managing Director (MD) of CAL Bank and chairman for the occasion, Mr. Frank Adu Jnr; the Managing Director of the ADB Bank, Dr John Kofi Mensah; the Managing Director of State Housing Company Limited, Mr. Kwabena Ampofo Appiah; the CEO of the E ON 3 group, Mr. Richard Adjei Mensah Ofori Atta, and the CEO of the Gold Coast refinery, Dr. Said Deraz.

Access Bank is the official banking partner of the Otumfuo Commemorative Gold Coin with regards to receiving all funds at the auction, while Coronation Insurance is the insurance partner.

The room

Minted at the Gold Coast Refinery in Accra, the 99.99% assay of 24-karat fine gold coins, 37 millimeters in diameter and weighing 31.104 grams each, will be kept in the vaults of PMMC Ltd.

The face of the coin bears the image of Otumfuo Osei Tutu, with the Adinkra symbols “Bi Nka Bi” and “Mpatapo”, which are symbols of peace, harmony and reconciliation.

The back or lapel bears an image of the Golden Stool (Sika Dwa).

Banking services

Speaking at the launch, Access Bank Chairman of the Board, Mr. Frank Beecham, congratulated Otumfuo on his immense contribution to the peace enjoyed by the nation.

“I congratulate His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for his remarkable leadership over the past two decades and for having served as a beacon of unity and progressive development in the country.

“Together with my fellow directors, management and staff of Access Bank (Ghana) Plc, we are honored to be associated with Her Royal Majesty on this momentous occasion,” he said.


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