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Curfew in Kumasi As Otumfuo Visits Mum

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EVERY PERSON within Kumasi, the Ashanti Regional capital and its environs are to remain indoors with their gates and windows firmly locked from 9pm tomorrow Saturday December 9 to 5am on Sunday December 10, 2017 as there would be a special traditional ceremony as part of activities to mark the final funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.

The late Asantehemaa is the mother of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

During the 8-hour curfew, Otumfuo and Nana Ama Konadu, would be visiting the burial place of their mother on Saturday night.

Palace sources told THE PUBLISHER the Asante King and Queen would perform some special traditional rites at the Royal Mausoleum and no person, under any circumstance, should see what rite would be done unless the person has a role to play there.

As part of the sacred rites, Otumfuo and the Asantehemaa would take the ‘Abusuakuruwaa’ to the Royal Mausoleum during that odd hour, hence, curfew being placed in the city.

A carefully selected list of some traditional leaders in the Asante Kingdom would be permitted to walk on foot with the Asante King and Queen to Breman for the ceremony.

Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II visited her ancestors after a short illness and she was put to rest at night at the Royal Mausoleum at Breman, this year.

It would be recalled that a similar dusk to dawn curfew was placed on Kumasi, to restrict the movement of people and vehicles, when the late queen was buried.

The two-week funeral rites of the late Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, would be climaxed with Muslim prayers on Friday, December 15.

By: Afua Sarpong Amankwa/ thePublisher

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