Ahead of the November 2016 general elections, Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has charged chiefs in the Ashanti Region not to meddle in politics nor overtly show which side they belong to when campaigns become more intense.
The Asantehene delivered this caution at the first meeting of the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs at Manhyia in Kumasi.
“Though Nananom has their choice of party, they still need to be neutral by embracing any political party that comes to their palace during the 2016 election campaign,” he said.
He also challenged the chiefs to embark on more on cleanup exercises in their various areas of jurisdiction as a proactive measure ahead of the rainy season.
Otumfuo reiterated the norm in rainy seasons in the country when a lot of challenges arose due to inadequate planning that included flooding and sanitation problems. He noted that Kumasi was once not a flood-prone area but due to building on water ways it has become one.
The chiefs were therefore asked to use the National Sanitation Day as a medium to clean their respective areas and put necessary measures in place to avoid flooding and, more importantly the outbreak of Cholera.