Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II is hurt by the tragic killing of his sub-chief and war marshal, Asamponhene Nana Kwadwo Afuduo.
That’s how Monarchical Historian, Osei-Bonsu Sarfo Kantanka, sums up the mood of the Asante King days after the sad incident.
He says Otumfuo is devastated by the death of his close relative and long-time chief driver.
“It is only natural to accept the fact that it would go deeper to hurt him [Asantehene]. It will hurt him a great deal,” he said.
He explained that the Asantehene has a “very cordial relationship with the late chief who until his enstoolment was his chief driver. He is not just a chief; he is somebody very close to the Asantehene,” he revealed.
The killing of Asamponhene, a prominent sub-chief at the Manhyia Palace comes as shock not only to Asanteman but the entire nation.
It is the second time in 10-years a prominent personality linked to the Golden Stool has been killed under mysterious circumstances.
Asantehene’s spiritualist with the Nsumankwaa Division, Opanin Akosa, was shot to death by unknown assailants at Atafoa in Kumasi, in 2009.
In this recent killing, three people, one of them described by police as a confidante of the late chief, have been picked up while police search for more suspects.
From Asantehene’s chief driver to his guard
The Asamponhene is one of the important chiefs in the traditional set up at the Manhyia Palace.
He is a member of the Mawere Division headed by the Mawerehene with 24 other sub-chiefs.
As one of the trusted war marshals of the Asantehene, he is not just closer to the King but performs specialised duties for the Asantehene to protect the King and the powerful Golden Stool.
His traditional status allows appellations, motivational or war songs to be sang for him at public functions or on the streets, a privilege bestowed on only the Asantehene.
He is also among few chiefs who take part in ‘Akradware’ (cleansing of souls) ceremony and qualifies to sit in a palanquin during the Busumuru rites of the Asantehene.
Mr Sarfo Kantanka who has been speaking about the important role of the Asamponhene at the Manhyia Palace is providing the link between the Asantehene and his sub-chief.
“He is from the paternal side of the Asantehene. That is to say, the past queen, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem’s father is from Asamponhene’s house.
“That is why Asamponhene is known as Afoduo. Asantehemaa’s father was Afuduo and, therefore, the is the grandfather of Asantehene.”
Asantehene in pain
The late Asamponhene during a ‘Busummuru Rite
Although the Manhyia Palace is yet to publicly comment on the brutal killing, Mr Sarfo Kantanka, says the Otumfuo is hard hit by the incident.
“Nobody needs to be told that, it is one of the pains of Asantehene. A vacuum has been created because of the way the deceased does his things. It is very difficult for two people to play one single role perfectly the same way,” he said.