Manhyia Chiefs charge after a Kumasi-based radio station questions their involvement in the series of illegal mining going on in the city.
The Kumasi Traditional Council has ordered the management of Kumasi-based Oyerepa FM and TV to suspend operations as of Friday, August 26, 2022.
According to the acting president of the Kumasi Traditional Council, who also serves as Bantamahene, Baffour Amankwatia VI, the station must cease operations as of Friday, August 26, 2022, because it allowed Akwasi Addai “Odike,” the founder and leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), to criticize the chiefs on their airwaves.
Amankwatia VI issued the orders after a delegation from Oyerepa Radio and TV appeared before the traditional council to apologize for Odike’s comments.
Odike incurred the wrath of the Kumasi Traditional Council after making remarks about chiefs and questioning their role in combating illegal mining in the Ashanti Region.
He was also accused of threatening to incite the youth to revolt against chiefs if they did not play their roles in combating illegal mining.
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Members of the Kumasi Traditional Council, on the other hand, described his remarks as distasteful and disrespectful.
On Friday, some Kumasi Traditional Council chiefs performed rituals and slaughtered a ram to ostensibly expel Odike from Manhyia.
The chiefs believe that Odike’s remarks were disrespectful, hence he has no place in Manhyia.
In a related development, some unknown armed men raided the UPP’s Ashanti Region offices on Monday, causing damage to the facility.
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