Kojo Bonsu set to resign as Kumasi Mayor

Kojo Bonsu set to resign as Kumasi Mayor
Source: Ghana| Myjoyonline.com| Akosua Asiedua Akuffo| patricia.akuffo@myjoyonline.com
Date: 12-07-2016 Time: 11:07:56:am

The embattled Chief Executive Officer of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, Kojo Bonsu is set to resign his post today, July 12, 2016 after a rather rancorous three-year reign as Mayor.

A source close to Mr. Bonsu says he will make an announcement before or after the launch of Memoir at 11:00 am, Tuesday.

The source said 'the letter is ready and he has spoken to President John Mahama and now all he is waiting for is a green light from the president to announce it.'

The book, titled 'Changing Lives and Transforming Kumasi,' contains the struggles and achievement of Mr. Bonsu since he assumed office in 2013.

Bad blood between Mr. Kojo Bonsu and the Kumasi Traditional Council triggered the most recent calls for his removal.

Background

The relationship between the traditional Council and Kojo Bonsu went sour after Mr. Bonsu wrote to the local Government Minister questioning the locus of the Chief of Amoaman, Nana Agyenim Boateng to set up a committee to supervise the construction of the Kejetia Market Project.

Considering this as the height of a series of disrespect demonstrated by Mr. Bonsu towards the traditional authorities, the chiefs demanded his removal from office. They gave the President a one-week ultimatum to sack him if he didn't resign on his own by next week Monday.

During a meeting at the Menhyia Palace last Monday, July 11, 2016 the chiefs slaughtered a ram as a form of ritual to sever ties with the Mayor if he remains in office.

After several calls, Mr. Bonsu rendered an unqualified apology to Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and Nananom but that was not enough to save him.

The Council has insisted that they will not accept Mr. Bonsu as the Chief Executive of the Assembly.

A source said efforts by President Mahama to settle the impasse between the Mayor and the Kumasi Traditional Council have proven futile.

Settlement

Joy News' Erastus Asare Donkor reported on Tuesday that the chiefs say the ram they slaughtered spiritually meant they had severed all ties with the Mayor.

"They explained that in the past if anyone disrespected a chief, tradition demanded that the person is killed to appease the Nananom. The killing of the ram, therefore, signified that Kojo Bonsu had been killed and therefore he cannot be resurrected," Erastus reported.

The chiefs have vowed not to rescind their decision after performing the ritual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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