Asantehene replies Dormaahene and insists it was his uncle who elevated Dormaa stool
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has replied the Dormaahene, Oseadeayo Agyeman Badu II on his recent pronouncements about the powers of the Asantehene and his ability to elevate chiefs to the status of paramountcy.
At an Asanteman Council meeting at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi on Thursday [October 19, 2023], the Asantehene once again recounted the history of how the Dormaa stool was elevated to the status of a paramount chief by an Asantehene.
Repeating what he had earlier said in line with history, especially on how Asanteman was established in relation to the Golden Stool and the allegiance paid by all chiefs in the Asanteman Kingdom, Otumfuo said he has been compelled to offer the explanation once again because of a recent attempt to try and distort history.
Asantehene elevated Dormaa stool
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II said it was his uncle, the then Asantehene, who even elevated the status of the Dormaa stool to the level of a paramount chief.
He added that, even before Agyeman Badu [the first] was enstooled as Dormaa chief, he Agyeman Badu I, an uncle of the current Dormaa chief [Agyeman Badu II], swore the oath of allegiance to the Asantehene.
What Dormaahene said
In a recent video interview with Ghanaweb, the current Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeayo Agyeman Badu II, who is also a High Court judge raised issues with how the Asantehene elevates chiefs to the status of paramountcy and also said there was "no King in Ghana" as the 1992 constitution does not make any reference and room for that.
He said it is in areas like Morocco and Saudi Arabia, where they have Kings and heads of those countries, and that, at those places the constitution recognises that there is a Kingdom, but in Ghana, the constitution does not talk about any Kingdom and therefore there is "no King" in Ghana.
It is the argument of the Dormaahene that, since Ghana was a state, there was no Kingdom within Ghana for the Asantehene to be referred to as a King.
In that Ghanaweb interview, Osagyefo Oseadeayo Agyeman Badu II suggested that the mention and reference to the Asantehene in the Chieftaincy Act, was not proper and that as part of a proposal to amend the Chieftaincy Act, he, together with others, will lead a campaign for the Asantehene's name to be removed from the Chieftaincy Act.
He said if that was not done, it will mean other chiefs, such as the Ya Naa, Nayiri and others, would also have to be mentioned in the Chieftaincy Act.
This, is not the first time, the Dormaahene was raising such an argument but he has raised it at a number of public forums and in media interviews.
He had contested the extent of the Asantehene's control over certain paramount chiefs whose jurisdiction falls within the political and governmental demarcated areas fall in other areas apart from the Ashanti Region, such as in the Bono, Bono East, Ahafo, Western and Oti regions.
The Dormaahene, Oseadeayo Agyeman Badu II, is currently the President of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs which is a gathering of paramount chiefs in the Bono Region.
To the Dormaahene, he does not understand why the Asantehene should have control and elevate certain chiefs to the status of paramount chiefs for them to be able to become members of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs or the Bono East Regional House of Chiefs.
He argues that, increasing the number of chiefs at the Regional House of Chiefs contributes to increasing government's expenditure on the various regional houses of chiefs.
If every chief decides to elevate others to the level of paramountcy as the Asantehene is seeking to do, government's expenditure will continue to increase, the Dormaahene said in the Ghanaweb interview, monitored by Graphic Online.
What the Asantehene said at this week's Asanteman Council meeting
At a different Asanteman Council meeting in 2022 in relation to recent historical narratives by the Dormaahene, Oseadeayo Agyeman Badu II, and the paying of allegiance to Asanteman and the Golden Stool by various chiefs in Bono East, Bono and Ahafo Regions, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II reiterated that the political regional demarcations for political administration by the central government does not necessarily mean that chiefs located in different regions will no longer pay allegiance to Asanteman and the Golden Stool, neither will Asanteman force or coerce any chief to pay allegiance.
He said his intention was to give a facelift to those willing to work under the Asanteman umbrella and there were no plans to enslave anyone.
He said chiefs willing to continue to pay allegiance to Asanteman and gain the needed development and progress in their respective areas should not be discouraged by other chiefs who have no impact on them.
He said the then Dormaahene, Agyeman Badu for instance, paid allegiance to his uncle, the then Asantehene, Nana Kwame Kyeretwie before he became chief of Dormaa while he was still a teacher at the Government Boys School in Kumasi and that it was only recently that the Dormaahene, has decided not to pay allegiance to the Golden Stool and Asanteman.
But even with that, no one will attempt to coerce the Dormaahene to do so.
That, should however, not mean that there should be an attempt to change historical narrative.
That, should not also mean that other chiefs in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo areas wanting to continue to pay allegiance to the Golden Stool and Asanteman should be disturbed in anyway.
The Asantehene said that is why plans were underway to elevate such chiefs to the status of paramount chiefs.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu II said he will not engage in unnecessary debates and that all towns in Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions deserving elevation will be granted that status.
The video below was produced and published by Opemsuo FM.