The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has withdrawn his representatives from the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and other assemblies in the Ashanti region.

According to the Bantamahene, Baffour Owusu Amankwatia, the Traditional Council feels neglected in local governance representation in the various assemblies.

He revealed that the Assembly formerly had five representatives on the KMA and other assemblies.

However, he said, the number has been reduced to one by the Central government.

The Traditional Council believes it is no more relevant in the local governance structure, hence the decision by Otumfuo to withdraw all traditional representatives from the various assemblies.

The Bantamahene, who is representing the Asantehene at the inauguration of and swearing in the of the 8th KMA, stressed a formal letter has been sent to the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah to that effect.