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Kumasi at standstill as thousands pour out in hero’s welcome for Otumfuo

Traffic on Tuesday afternoon was at a standstill on the principal streets of the Ashanti Regional Capital, Kumasi, as thousands pour out to give the King. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II a rousing welcome from his trip abroad.

The Asantehene, who touched down at 3pm in a chartered flight, was being driven through the city in his Rolls Royce Phantom.

Hundreds of vehicles and their occupants, including the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah and some top government officials have been spotted in the motorcade

Motor riders were seen displaying their dexterity, as they rode alongside the convoy.

Otumfuo became a subject matter in recent weeks when he suggested in a speech at the UN that he had to persuade the losing candidate in the 2016 general elections to concede defeat. This did not go down well with the National Democratic Congress, leading Julius Debrah, a former Chief of Staff, to issue a press statement denying the claims of the Asantehene.

Julius Debrah’s press statement angered some persons and youth groups who concluded that his statement suggested that the Asantehene may have lied. They then threatened to ban John Mahama from entering the Asantehene’s territory if he did not apologise.

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