Audio: Okyehene’s palace would have collapsed on you – Mangote tells NDC executives

Date published: Friday, 8th April 2016

Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin in state

National Democratic Congress (NDC) social commentator, Owula Mangote has asked the Eastern Regional Chairman and Youth Organizer of the party to be grateful to God that they have been denied access to the Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin’s palace.

If not, frequenting the palace would have been the end of their lives because the palace has lost its foundational strength as a result of continuous ‘galamsey’ activities right beneath the palace.

“The palace has no foundation because there is galamsey going on even under the palace of the Okyehene today, today, today,” Mangote was commenting on matters arising in the country last Saturday on an Accra-based Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji, a current affairs weekend programme.

NDC’s Regional Chairman, Bismark Tawiah Boateng and Owiredu Haruna Apau, Regional Organizer, were alleged to have made disparaging remarks against the Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, on several occasions.

NDC Regional Chairman, Bismark Tawiah Boateng

This prompted the Kyebi Executive Council, a committee under the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council in the Eastern region to declare both men persona non grata in the palace, at a meeting chaired by the Abontenedomhene and leader of the Executive Council, Osabarima Kyeretwie Boakye–Danquah.

Owula Mangote continued: “That Okyehene’s palace, look if you are going there it is a blessing not to go because it will collapse any day. I‘m telling you, that palace will collapse any day because it has no foundation.”

“If you are going there please allow them to hold durbars outside. Don’t go into the palace because that palace will collapse; it will collapse; it has no foundation,” he cautioned.

The political commentator and traditionalist also expressed worry that right under the Okyehene’s ‘nose’ illegal mining activities [galamsey] were thriving in the area and he [Okyehene] is unable to stamp his authority to curb the menace.

Connecting the incident to national politics, Owula Mangote stated unequivocally that the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP’s) seemingly ‘war’ tone was spreading like leprosy to that area where the party’s leader, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo hails from and it was not surprising to him that the NDC adherents in the area were treated in such a manner.

He accused the NPP and its executives of spewing comments, which could spark violence ahead of the November 7, 2016 general elections.

“It’s like some leprous habit that is even getting to some of the traditional leaders. Look at what is happening at Akyem Abuakwa. It’s like leprosy that is spreading,” he said.

For him, a paramount chief is supposed to embrace all and sundry to champion national discourse devoid of antagonism.

Therefore, he noted, the decision to declare those two NDC executives unwanted was unfortunate, indicating that “Traditional leaders are supposed to embrace everybody.”

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