The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) has defended its decision to reduce number of representatives from the Kumasi Traditional Council onto the Assembly.
During the swearing-in ceremony for the Assembly, on Thursday, the Bantamahene and Chairman of the Kumasi Traditional Council, Baffour Asare Owusu Amankwatia VI expressed concerns about the reduction of the number of representatives from five to one.
However, in a statement issued by the KMA, the assembly maintained that the numbers at KMA had been reduced to ensure that the council has a representative each in the seven Metropolitan and Municipal areas in the Kumasi enclave.
“Kumasi has now been split into seven Assemblies, namely, Asokore Mampong Municipal, Tafo, Suame, Kwadaso, Asokwa, Oforikrom and the KMA. As a result, Manhyia now has one representative each at all the Municipal Assemblies and two at KMA, making the total number of Manhyia appointees eight instead of the previous five”, the KMA noted.
Concerns raised by Manhyia
The Manhyia Palace has sent a circular to the government declaring its intent to withdraw its membership from the various assemblies.
According to the Bantamahene, they have taken this decision because they believe there is an attempt to sideline traditional leaders in governance at the local level.