'I don't care about your politics' - Asantehene to Ghanaians

According to the Asantehene, he has no interest in any political party but has a mission to bring development and stability to Asanteman and Ghana.

Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has said he does not belong to any political party as far as politics in the country is concerned.

According to the Asantehene, he has no interest in any political party but has a mission to bring development and stability to Asanteman and Ghana.He made these comments when he addressed some Ghanaian diplomats at the premiering of a 40-minute video documentary titled ‘the return of Asantehene from Seychelles’ at the Manhyia palace.“There are times people connote whatever we do with politics but I want to assure you that as Asantehene I don’t care about your politics, I stand in the middle, I don’t care about your politics, I stand for Ghana and Asanteman.“Whatever it is that I can do that would bring stability, that is what I care about...my duty is to make sure that my people have work and development, health delivery; it is the responsibility of government but I will also serve as a catalyst to ensure that we do the best that we can to make Asanteman develop,” the Asantehene said.

The 40-minute video documentary catalogued the historic visit, in April this year, of the Monarch, to the Seychelles – exile home of his great forebears 120 years ago.In 1896, at the height of British colonialism in Africa, the British government discontinued the office of Asantehene – the absolute ruler of the Asante people – and exiled to the Seychelles, the then-king, Nana Agyeman Prempeh I, the current Asantehene’s great-uncle.Twenty-seven years later, the British allowed Prempeh I to return home in 1926, but initially permitted him to adopt a lesser title, but eventually restored Asante self-rule and the title of Asantehene in 1935.Otumfuo Osei Tutu was in the archipelago as the guest of honour for the fifth annual ‘Carnaval International de Victoria.’The carnival attracted high-ranking delegates, from twenty-nine countries, including Swaziland’s King Mswati III’s eldest daughter, Principal Princess.Two months before his visit, his late great-uncle’s great-granddaughter, Princess Molly Germaine Prempeh, who was born in the Seychelles, returned in an emotional visit to the Indian Ocean archipelago of 115 islands after a 60-year absence.During his visit to the State House of the Seychelles, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II commended the “beauty of the country and its people,” adding that his visit was an opportunity to learn more about the exile his great-uncle.His host, President Michel expressed the Seychelles' commitment to preserve the unique historical links and heritage between the two countries.

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