Western North Regional Minister, Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu, has incurred the displeasure of the chiefs of Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area who are demanding his immediate dismissal.
The minister is accused of lying about the Omanhene and President of the Traditional Council, Katakyie Kwasi Bumagaman II, in his long letter to Minister for Local Government, Hajia Alima Mahama.
Readers would recall the Western North Minister delivered a letter to the minister complaining bitterly about his deputy, Alex Tettey, who he said “is undermining his authority.”
The Minister in the said letter, dated 11th June, 2019, among other things claimed his deputy was conniving with the Omanhene to change site for the construction of the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) offices.
The Office of the Omanhene has, however, denied the claims of the Minister and accused him of deliberate attempts to soil the reputation of the king.
Spokesperson of the Omanhene, Nana Prempeh Okogyeabour Aduhene, indicated that last year, the Minister visited Katakyie during which they discussed where to site the RCC office.
According to him, Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu suggested Domeabra in the Wiawso Municipality but the Katakyie drew his attention to a fact that the land has already been reserved for that purpose since 1978.
“The land was set aside for that purpose after former Head of State, the late Colonel Acheampong, promised the late Wiawso Omanhene that he will create a new region and make Wiawso its capital.”
“Akatakyie, however, told the Regional Minister he will discuss the matter with his elders but the Traditional Council rejected the Minister’s suggestion citing a number of reasons, including Domeabra having major cocoa farms and therefore paying compensations will have huge effect on the finances of the newly created region.”
According to him, the Omanhene, the Regional Minister and the chiefs did cut sod together at the agreed site without incident.
He wondered what had changed so suddenly for the Minister for embark on such destructive campaign against Katakyei Bumangama II.
The youth of the area have also accused the Minister of promoting an agenda to destroy the king and pitch him against the government.
In a separate statement signed by S. K. Boah and T. K. Gyenin, secretary and spokesperson respectively, they expressed worry about security of the Bumangama II.
The indicated that the regional Minister, as head of the regional security, has demonstrated dislike for the king and therefore cannot guarantee his safety.