I Will Not Allow Bribery To Determine Occupant Of Offinso Stool – Otumfuo To Offinsohemaa2 min read
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, has vowed to thwart any attempt by the Queen Mother of Offinso Traditional Area, Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko to hand the vacant Offinso Stool to anyone for monetary benefits.
According to Otumfuo, he is very much aware of bribes received by the Offinsohemaa and some elders from a candidate who has expressed interest in the stool but that he would not overlook their agenda.
“We definitely have to install a new chief, it is your mother [the queen mother] who has seized the stool for whatever reason but what she is seeking, she will not get it. I am telling you as the Asantehene.
“There is nothing said in Offinso that I am not aware of. I have only tolerated her because of her name Ama Serwaa Nyarko and the relationship she shared with my mother. She is my senior mother, my mother liked her when she was alive and I have extended that love to her. I call her Abrewa.”
“But for the current issues in Offinso, she has shown her true character for me to know she is not a good person. I will never allow anyone to sell off the Offinso stool,” he told leaders of the Offinso Traditional Council during a sitting at his court on Thursday, October 19, 2023.
Earlier this month, Otumfuo had sent a strong caution to Nana Ama Serwaa Nyarko over her conduct and attempt to impose candidate on the Offinso Stool.
According to Otumfuo, he would never countenance any actions on the part of the queen and the elders that will undermine the tradition of Asanteman when it comes to the election and selection of chiefs.
“No one can arrogate powers that do not exist to themselves. None of the elders have the right to sell land when there is no Offinsohene, specifically when it is the Offinsohene who must sign off the sale.
“There is no such power. You are to take charge until a new chief is installed and then account for your stewardship.
“So be very careful in Offinso. I am very aware of all the things you’re doing at Offinso. You’re friends with Pitin Abontengdomhene and you have recorded a tape… I am very aware of your plot, that you will go ahead and install a new chief when I travel by Monday.
“Offinso Hemaa you are aware of this, be very careful… I would never allow you to cause the downfall of Offinso,” Otumfuo stated through his linguists in an audiotape of his Asantemen court sitting shared by Royal Palace Multimedia.