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Okyehene's order was untraditional

Written by  Apr 18, 2016
Tepamanhene Nana Adusei Atwerewaa Anpem (Dr.) has said that, it was  untraditional for the Okyehene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Payin II to have demanded Asamponhene, Oheneba Kwadwo Afoduor to stand on his feet when he arrived at the funeral for the late JB Danquah at Tafo over the weekend. The Asantehene, Otumfour Osei Tutu was represented by the Asamponhene, Oheneba Kwadwo Afoduor at the funeral of the late Abuakwa North MP, JB Danquah at Tafo in the Eastern Region. The entourages of the Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II and that of the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu reportedly clashed at the funeral grounds of the late JB Danquah at Akyem Tafo on Saturday. According to sources, the chaos started after the representatives of the Asantehene at the funeral led by Asamponhene, Oheneba Kwadwo Afoduor, refused to stand on their feet during the arrival of the Okyenhene at the funeral grounds, an occurrence which infuriated the bodyguards of the Okyenhene. The crown of Osagyefo Amoatia Oforipanyin's II crown reportedly fell during the scuffle. IT took the intervention of the police to resolve a situation that could have resulted in a bloody clash. However, speaking to the issue with Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio, Nana Adusei Anpem Atwerewaa (Dr.) said the Asamponhene was at the funeral ceremony in the capacity as  the Overlord of the Asante Kingdom hence it would have been untraditional for him to stand on his feet for the Okyehene. The Tepamanhene posited that, by tradition, the Okyehene should have been seated before the Asantehene's representative arrived since the funeral ceremony was in his jurisdiction. ''It was untraditional for the Okyehene to demand the Asamponhene, Oheneba Kwadwo Afoduor to stand on its feet when he arrived at the funeral grounds. He was at the funeral grounds in the capacity as Asantehene and therefore, he should have accorded him the respect as Asantehene. Even if the Asantehene delegated a servant as his representative to the funeral ceremony, it will still be untraditional for him to stand on its feet when the Okyehene arrived. We have only one Overlord in the Asante Kingdom hence he needs to be accorded that respect.'' Nana Adusei Anpem Atwerewaa (Dr.) described the confrontation as unnecessary. The situation he said was worrying and disturbing however efforts must be made to resolve any difference if it exist. On his part, the Begrohene, Fianteakwahene and Benkumhene of Akyem Abuakwa, Daasebre Awua Kotoko II said by tradition, the Asantehene's representative and his entourage should have stand on their feet to show their respect to the Okyehene because he was playing the role as a host to them. He added, the scuffle could have been prevented if the entourage of the Asantehene did the right thing. He called on the President of the National House of Chiefs to intervene in the matter to calm nerves down.            
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