Monday, June 22, 2015


By William Yaw Owusu
Monday, June 22, 2015

A former District Chief Executive of Ahafo Ano North District in the Ashanti Region Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh has given Nana Kwame Poku a linguist to Tepahene, Nana Adusei Atenewa Ampem, who invoked curses on persons seeking to challenge President John Mahama’s second term bid, a 24-hour ultimatum to retract the statement.

The ex-DCE says he will report Nana Kwame Poku, known in private life as Kwame Ato, to Otumfuo’s Sumankwaahene if he refuses to revoke the curse within 24 hours.

Nana Kwame Poku in the course of pouring libation on President Mahama’s visit to Tepa last Friday asked the gods to ‘kill’ anyone who will become a hindrance to the second term presidential bid of Mr. Mahama.

Nana Kwame Poku was the linguist of the day when President Mahama and his entourage who were touring the region to commission projects, paid a courtesy call on Tepahene, Nana Adusei Atwenwaa Ampem I.

Baffled by the linguist’s action, the ex-DCE issued a statement saying “I, Hon. Eric Nana Agyemang Prempeh, I’m giving the linguist a-24 hour ultimatum for him to retract and unreservedly apologize to the Tepa Traditional Council, all citizens of Tepa, the Asanteman as well as all Presidential Candidates who would challenge President Mahama in the 2016 general elections.”

“I humbly appeal to the Tepa Traditional Council, to as a matter of urgency come out and openly distant themselves from such an irresponsible comment, and sanction the linguist for dragging the name of the Council into disrepute.

“The linguist is again demanded to undo the invocation on all the aforementioned personalities or I will personally report him to the Sumankwaahene of this Kingdom for him to explain why he invoked such curse on those aspiring to lead the nation as President and government,’ he added.
According to the ex-DCE, the linguist had wondered why people were opposing the second term bid of the President, when both John Agyekum Kufuor and John Rawlings were given a second term each by Ghanaians.

However, he said , “As a former District Chief Executive, Presiding Member and a proud citizen of Tepa, I am indeed saddened by that particular statement as it has taken away the shine of what our dear Paramount chief said during the President’s visit.”

He said what was “disheartening” was when the Asantehene, Otumfou Osei Tutu II had expressly cautioned against invocation of curses by his subjects, “this linguist impudently went contrary to such directive, a move I consider an affront and an insult to the Golden stool and the people of the Kingdom.”

“To express how devastated I am about this statement, I will personally lead concerned citizen of Tepa to the Sumankwaahene. This is a disgrace to us, as people of this area, and I will make sure we clean such mess by letting him apologize to us and the Paramount stool of Tepa.”

“I believe the President, John Mahama, once a Parliamentarian, a minister, vice president and now president will be the first person to condemn any move or curse by on any individual or groups of persons championing a crusade against efficient democratic principle in the country.”

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