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Kumasi Jubilates over resignation of Mayor Kojo Bonsu

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Kojo Bonsu has resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, after incurring the displeasure of the Kumasi Traditional Authority.

Kojo Bonsu has resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, after incurring the displeasure of the Kumasi Traditional Authority.

 

The former Mayor, in his resignation letter, expressed his appreciation to the President for allowing him to serve as the Mayor of Kumasi, as well as Asantehene, Otumfuor Osei Tutu II, for his support.

His resignation yesterday was met with jubilation from the people of Kumasi who said the gross disrespect shown by Kojo Bonsu to the Asantehene and the Kumasi Traditional Authority was an affront to the people of Kumasi and their culture.

It can be recalled that the Kumasi Traditional Council a couple of weeks ago called on President Mahama to sack Kojo Bonsu over his decision to unilaterally remove Amoamanhene, Nana Agyenim Boateng, from the Kejetia Market project board without informing the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

Mr Bonsu rendered an unqualified apology to the Traditional Council through a letter but the council denied receiving any apology letter and maintained that an apology in a form of a letter could not serve as a right apology to Nananom.

Dr. Amoako Baah, a Senior Political Science lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, has described the resignation of Kojo Bonsu, as an honourable thing which would save the city council from further turmoil.

Dr Baah is of the view that, had it not been the involvement of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, there was no way the former mayor would have resigned, considering the political powers that were behind him.

Dr. Amoako Baah told the Daily Statesman that even though the call on the former mayor to step down gathered momentum in recent weeks, he was not expecting him to resign so soon.

"This stands to reason that the pressure on him was not the one that even President Mahama could soak. He has been very unaccommodating to almost every person he worked with in the metropolis. The decision from the traditional council is the right way to go,” Dr. Baah maintained.

According to him, the mayor’s resignation will also give the city another opportunity to make the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly regain its feet back and undertake developments that will better the lives of the people.

He added: " it was obvious things were not working, the people he worked with were not happy at all. Almost everyday people were invoking deities on him and all that, an indication that people did not want him and his leadership style. This will make things smoother for the KMA and allow things to move forward."

Meanwhile, some traders at in the metropolis started pouring white powder on themselves after news made rounds of the former KMA boss resignation, to signal their excitement.

One provision shop owner at Kejetia, who wanted to be identified as Mama, could not hide his joy, disclosing that she had long waited for such a time.

“That man was only brought here to torment us. His decisions were bad. It was as if Kumasi belonged to him. How can we be living in fear in our own hometown because you wouldn’t which market he might be closing down next,” Mama said.

Juliet Asantewaa, also a petty trader at Alabar, one of the popular suburbs in Kumasi, told the Daily Statesman the decision by the former mayor will help the Kumasi city. He wondered how a Mayor could look staright in the face of the Asantehene and the traditional council and refuse to honour their invitation.

“Kojo Bonsu caused his own exit. He should go and allow us to have a Mayor who would respect our traditional council. I fully back the decision of the council not to accept his apology,” Juliet stated.