Enough of all the blame on Osei-Mensah: Otumfuo is the lion's shareholder of the Ejura incident


This article does not intend to overlook or undermine all the developmental activities championed and implemented by the King of the Asante Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. However, it seeks to hold our traditional leaders accountable for every event that unfolds under their watch.

Just as we always try to point fingers at the President of the Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for retrogressive happenings in the country, we must do same to our traditional authorities.

Not long ago, most Ghanaians were so much happy with the entrenched decision taken by Asantehene concerning his strong support and collaboration in the fight against Illegal Mining (Galamsey) in Ghana, and Ashanti Region in particular.

He worked hand-in-hand with the Regional Minisiter, Simon Osei-Mensah; Minister for Defense, Hon. Dominic Nitiwul; Minisiter for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Hon. Lawyer Kojo Kum; Traditional Leaders in the Ashanti Region and Ghana, and other key stakeholders to realize this vision.

Frankly, Otumfuo has over the years served the country with all his wisdom, counsel of integrity and patriotism. His excellent leadership roles in Ghana's developmental continuum are really commendable.

However, when it comes to the issues of national security, particularly in his region, more work needs to be done on his part.

We can all admit that insecurity is a dicey phenomenon, and there is no way we can eradicate it from our social structure without zealously and resiliently collaborating in all angles.

Just as political leaders are doing the best they can to lessen the impact of this troubling issue, traditional leaders also have a key role in that regard.

Recently, the breadwinner of a single parent family, Angelina Serwaa Gyimah, 24, was gruesomely murdered at Maxima in Kumasi. Apart from this incident, there are a number of robbery and assassination incidents that have occurred particularly in this very year.

The most easily referenced case is the Ejura brutalization and killing incident.

It rose from a small community or traditional case to a key national concern because of its intensity and severity.

Most Ghanaians are blaming the Chairman of Regional Security and Ashanti Regional Minisiter, Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah for his failure to deploy intelligent forces to excellently intervene in Ejura's unfortunate incident. They are right to do that; they have not faulted at all because as a leader, it was incumbent upon him to protect the lives of every citizen within his jurisdiction.

However, as we are apportioning the blame, and are in so much pain over the demise of Kaaka and two others, coupled with the those in deep pain in the hospital, we should also shift part of the blame to the Asantehene. All the communities and kingships of Ashanti Region are under his care. Therefore, he has a greater responsibility to ensure that all residents live in an environment devoid of threats, fear or panic.

He and his cabinets can never be left out of this very event. Just as he can give orders for certain events to cease, start or continue, he has a core mandate to intervene and protect the lives of his people.

It is true that after the incident, he reported his concerns and unhappiness, this could have however, been avoided in the first place.

This problem runs through all our leadership structures: the use of curative and reactive measures instead of preventive and proactive ones.

As a leader, Otumfuo must employ the same strategy he used in the fight against Galamsey to help mitigate the rampant insecurity incidents in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

With an excellent collaboration effort between political leaders and traditional authorities, all criminal activities in the country will soon be lessened, and if possible, eradicated entirely from our society in the long-run.

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