There have been reports that a seeming chaos broke out at the Manhyia Palace between President Mahama’s security detail and some NPP mourners, at the one-week celebration of the death of the queen-mother of the Ashanti Kingdom, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II.
A massive crowd thronged the Manhiya palace to mark the one-week celebration, of the queen mother of the Ashanti Kingdom, Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, who passed on November 14. Several dignitaries were also present at the palace to commiserate with the Asantehene.
Scores of government officials and politicians joined the chiefs to mourn with the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu. The NPP Presidential Candidate, Nana Akufo-Addo was also at Manhyia to join Asanteman mourn the death of Nana Afia Serwaa Kobi.
According to reports, upon President Mahama’s arrival, some mourners were seen making the NPP’s change sign, indicating their rejection of the President. This reportedly prompted Mahama’s security detail to step in to protect him. Though this seemed to be what transpired between the two camps, other reports say otherwise.
In another development, some mourners who interacted with the media, said that one of the President’s security officials pointed a gun at the crowd; an action which angered some of them.
Some Kumasi residents who are NPP supporters have reacted to the said incident. Interacting with the media, some fumed that the NDC instead of commiserating with the Asanteman, chose to exhibit their political power, which is unacceptable.
One of the residents who insisted he saw one of Mahama’s security details pull out a gun threatening to shoot, said they the NPP loyalists will never feel threatened by the incumbent government, as they believe “change” is coming to Ghana.
This is not the first time the President reportedly received an unpleasant welcome in the Ashanti region which is considered an NPP stronghold.
However, Mahama and the NDC seems not to be perturbed by the side attractions as they still have confidence in their 1 million vote target in the region.