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‘Guilty’ Ashanti Chiefs fight Odike as the region’s rivers turn ‘Mercury Milo drink’

The Manhyia Palace and Akwasi Addai Odike, the founder and leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), are at odds over his claim that Galamsey is contaminating the rivers in the Ashanti region with the knowledge of the chiefs in the area, notably Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Although it is true that no excavator enters a forest or a changfang peak without the consent of a chief in the Ashanti Region, Odike’s remark has generated a great deal of controversy.

Addai Odike was apparently attacked by some unidentified armed men on Monday in his Kumasi office, and the attack was thought to be related to his comment.

During the attack, properties including the cars in front of Odike’s office were vandalized in addition to his office being plundered.

Since then, Mr. Addai has withdrawn his assertion that the chiefs are to blame for galamsey and that this is why they are powerless to stop the threat.

He later apologized, but it was too late; the chiefs had already killed a ram and expelled him from “Asanteman” after finding his remarks offensive.

The rivers and fields of the Ashanti Region are still being poisoned by Mercury and other dangerous pollutants that are dangerous to both humans and animals while the Chiefs are engaged in combat with Mr. Addai Odike.

As the same water travels to join other rivers that pour into the sea, this has tainted the major river systems in the Ashanti region and its surroundings, spreading death and harm. The Pra, Offin, and Afram rivers are the most impacted.

The Kumasi Traditional Council has requested that the Kumasi-based Oyerepa FM be shut down, despite the fact that the council lacks the authority to do so. Odike made his remarks on the station.

The directive was given to the station’s management after they went to the Manhyia palace to apologize for the politician’s remarks made during the interview days earlier.

The council’s acting president, Baffour Asare Owusu Amankwatia VI, said. He just crawled before Otumfuo pleading not to be destooled for transactions he made behind the King’s back.

The management should shut down the station starting on Friday, August 26, 2022, until the problem is remedied, the Bantamahene suggested, if they were truly sorry for the remarks uttered.

“We are demanding that the media house will render an unqualified apology to us. We want them to use the appropriate channel in doing so. Also, the media house should temporarily halt its operations until the pending issues are resolved.”

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