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Sunyani Traditional Council rejects B/A minister nominee

By CitiFMonline
Sunyani Traditional Council rejects B/A minister nominee
LISTEN JAN 26, 2017

The Sunyani Traditional Council has rejected the Minister-nominee for the Brong Ahafo Region, named by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday.

According to the council, Kweku Asomah-Cheremeh,who was named for position among nine others for the other regions,  has over the years disrespected them with unwarranted attacks on chiefs in the area, and has refused to honour their invitations.

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Addressing a press conference in Sunyani today [Thursday], Nana Obama Bofotiaboa-Amponsem II, Krontihene of Sunyani, also accused Asomah-Cheremeh of inciting residents against the Council.

Speaking in a separate interview with Citi News to throw more light on their qualms, Nana Kwaku Sarbeng Ababio, Akwamuhene of the Sunyani Traditional Area, said the council cannot work with the new minister nominee.

“…In the immediate past, his conduct and character which he exhibited towards the Traditional Council is such that we cannot work with him in his capacity as a regional minister.”

He also explained that, they believe Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh's nomination should be withdrawn because of some actions he took in the past, including some disparaging comments he made “at a press conference almost about a year ago, his refusal to attend to the call of the Omanhence, his refusal to heed to the advice of his own party's council of elders, and the way he replies to letters of his clients so far as invitations to this palace are concerned.”

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“This is in short what we have to tell him, and what we have to tell the president that for these reasons, we cannot corporate with him or support him as the new Brong Ahafo Regional Minister,” Nana Ababio reiterated.

The Traditional Council however congratulated the president on his election, and pledged their readiness to partner the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.

NPP supporters laud Asomah-Cheremeh appointment

Meanwhile, some supporters of the NPP have gathered at Bechem also in the Brong Ahafo Region, to welcome Mr. Asomah-Cheremeh.

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Traditional Council tried to stop NPP’s delegates conference

The Sunyani Traditional Council in December 2015,  tried to the stop the NPP from organizing its extraordinary delegates conference at the Sunyani Coronation Park.

This was because the chiefs were unhappy with some comments they considered offensive made by executives of the party in the region against them. The issue was however ironed out, paving  the way for the event to be held.

About Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh
Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh is 52 years old and is a Barrister at Law.

He was called to the Ghana School of Law in 1997, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Political Science from the University of Ghana, Legon, in 1994.

He was the Local NUGS President from 1993 to 1994, whilst at the University of Ghana. He practiced law at Akyedee Legal Services in Sunyani from 1998 to 2004, and within that period was a law lecturer at Sunyani Polytechnic.

He has acted as a solicitor for various firms in the Sunyani.

He served as the head of the NPP's campaign in the Brong Ahafo Region 2012 and 2016, in his capacity as Chairman of the party in the region.

He is married with three (3) children.

By: Mashoud Kombat/

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