Chiefs perform rituals banning Ahanta West MP

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The Upper Dixcove Traditional Council in the Ahanta West Municipal Assembly of the Western Region has banned Member of Parliament Ebenezer Kojo Kum and his “boys” from engaging in any form of political activity including campaigns and rallies “on their land” for denigrating the Omanhen, Nana Hema Dekyi.

The MP and his “boys” incurred the wrath of the Council after the “boys” subjected the Omanhen of Upper Dixcove to gross public ridicule.

In a leaked audio circulating on social media platforms, some of the “boys” of the Ahanta West MP are heard using mean words to denigrate Nana Hema Dekyi.

“… he has shown that he supports Kwesi Biney and so anything he will say to discredit Kojo Kum, he will say it. …now we are looking for an antidote to counter what that guy, what that small boy has said,” one of the supporters of the MP is heard on one of the 18 pieces of audio in circulation.

The Paramount Chief of Upper Dixcove at a ceremony recently recognized the Paramount Chief of Lower Dixcove, Nana Kwesi Agyeman, for the role he played in getting Ahanta West a new hospital.

But the “boys” of the MP are not enthused, saying “the Paramount Chief has recognized an NDC Chief instead of giving the glory to the NPP MP Kojo Kum”.

Ahanta West MP Kojo Kum (L) and DCE

At a meeting, the Upper Dixcove Traditional Council parried away any claims of open support to perceived political opponents of the MP and insisted that the supporters of the MP have “injured the stool of Upper Dixcove and therefore must assuage it”.

The Traditional Council, at the meeting, performed a ritual invoking curses on persons behind the audio and also banned the MP from campaigning on “their land”.

Chief of Alatakrom Nana Assuah Nketiah, who performed the rituals, called on the gods of Upper Dixcove to deal with the MP and any of his supporters who will set foot in the area to engage in any activity in the name of the party.

“We are calling on you the gods to come to the aid of Nananom. Some young men of the New Patriotic Party who are part of the incumbent MP’s campaign team have rained insults on us. We are with this libation banning them from campaigning in any part of our land.”

They have gone ahead to issue a two-week ultimatum for the party to render an apology to the “stool and the Traditional Council or the party will be made to face the full wrath of the gods of Ahanta”.

Divisional Chief of Agona Nana Adziku IV condemned the utterances of the young men.

According to him, the Council will advise itself on the next action to take after the two-week ultimatum elapses without the apology.

By Eric Yaw Adjei||Ghana

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