The Manhyia Palace has banned political rallies in the Ashanti region following the demise of the Asantehemaa ahead of the December polls.

Nhyira Fm’s Prince Appiah who disclosed this on Adom FM’s Midday News reported that the Palace has also placed a ban on funerals, noisemaking and drumming in the Kumasi metropolis ahead of the funeral rites of the late Queen mother and mother of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. 

The Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC) was on Thursday officially informed of the death of the Asantehemaa, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaah Ampem II.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene, broke the news at an emergency meeting of the Council, held at the Manhyia Palace.

Nana Afia Kobi, the 13th Asante Queen, died at the ripe age of 111.

The one week celebration of her death has been fixed for Thursday, November 24. In keeping with the long-standing tradition of Asanteman, no funeral could now be held in any part of the Ashanti Region and kingdom until the deceased queen has been buried. 

Prince explained that indigenes can bury their deceased devoid of noise making and drumming.

Meanwhile the National Democratic Congress has postponed indefinitely a health walk expected to bring in the President and top gurus of the party Saturday, in solidarity with the Manhyia palace on the death of the Queenmother of Ashanti.

The highly publicised ‘JM Toaso Health walk’ was to feature the entire hierarchy of the party and serve as a final trigger of awareness ahead of the elections.

However, the party says it respects the ban on noise making, drumming and dancing and mourns with Otumfour on the demise of the Asantehema Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem.