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RESIDENTS IN Asanteman are forbidden from holding funeral rites for their late relatives, starting from April 8 to 29th, following a ban order by the Manhyia Palace.

The ban, which formed part of series of activities, is to pave way for the 20th anniversary celebration of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, on the throne.

Urging residents to respect the order, Nana Nsuase Poku Agyeman, Otumfuo Akyeamehene, said a grand durbar to mark the celebration would be held on April 21 at the Manhyia Palace.

According to him, other activities would include the performance of traditional rites by Otumfuo at the Breman Royal Mausoleum, and other events in his honour by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Nana Nsuase Poku said Otumfuo would also be at the church and mosque to thank God for his blessings and guidance.

Meanwhile Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has said he is using the anniversary to take stock of his occupancy of the Golden Stool.

“This is a great achievement, which naturally should call for massive celebrations, but that is not my focus as the Asantehene and the occupant of the Golden Stool.

“I am using this 20 years anniversary to check my leadership and see if I have been able to impact positively on the lives of my people and Ghanaians in general.

“Improving the living standards of my people has remained my major preoccupation as the Asantehene from day one and I still hold firmly onto it”, he said.

Otumfuo, therefore, charged his paramount chiefs and other sub chiefs to also take stock of their reign, so far.

“We should all take stock of what we have been able to do over the years to help the government to bring prosperity into the lives of the people”, he demanded.

According to him, it is only by taking stock that the chiefs would know whether they are on the right track or not.

The 16th occupant of the Golden Stool was addressing the Asanteman Traditonal Council during the official launch of activities to mark his 20 years on the throne.

Prominent among the attendants was the Council of State Chairman, Nana Otuo Serebuo, who is also the paramount chief of Asante Juaben, and virtually all the paramount chiefs in Asanteman.

Otumfuo finally thanked his chiefs for their invaluable support in the last two decades, which has made his reign one-of-a-kind, and urged them to sustain their support for him.


FROM Kwadwo Essel, Kumasi

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