Bono East Region: Chiefs oppose proposal to make Techiman the regional capital

Chiefs of the Nkoranza Traditional Area have opposed to a proposal to make Techiman the capital of the newly-created Bono East Region.

Chiefs oppose proposal to make Techiman regional capital of Bono East region

They believe Nkoranza is better placed when it comes to naming a regional capital.

On Monday, hundreds hit the streets to protest over what they described as a sideline of the Nkoranza township as the capital of the new region.

The GNA reports that the demonstrators held placards with inscription such as “Dan Botwe you are bias”, “this is elimination by rough tactics”, “Nick Danso Abeam you are our only hope”, and “Nkoranza Traditional Area has the highest votes in the referendum.”

The protestors said Techiman is being favoured because it is the hometown of the Deputy Minister of Regional Reorganisation and Development, Mr Martin Adjei Mensah Korsah.

They claim the Ministry of Regional Re-organisation and Development and the Brong-Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council failed to invite the Nkoranza Traditional Area to several meetings organised in connection with the siting of the capital.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, the chief of Buaben, Nana Owusu Damoah Ameyaw III, said they suspect a deliberate plot to sideline the Nkoranza town.

Meanwhile, the Adontenhene of the Nkoranza Traditional Area, Nana Okofo Agyapong IV, also warned that there could be serious consequences if the regional capital does not go to the deserved town.

“…if the capital of the Bono East region was not located at a place convenient for the chiefs and people of the region, it would have serious consequences on the fortunes of the New Patriotic Party in Election 2020,” Nana Okofo Agyapong IV said.

“It is important to note that 14 paramountcies signed the petition for the creation of the Bono East region. Although all the paramountcies are traditionally equal, Nkoranza paramountcy is the biggest in terms of population, polling stations, and land size,” he added.


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