Kpaooo…We Won’t Accept Your Gift!
…Asogli Chiefs Reject Kennedy Agyapong’s Items
Mr. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, in the Central Region, received a shock last Friday, September 9, when assorted items he presented to the Asogli Palace in the Volta Region, as homage gifts for their Yam Festival celebration, were rejected outright.
This was after leaders of the Asogli Palace denied the legislator access to Togbe Afede XIV, the paramount chief of the Asogli traditional area, in the Volta Region, forcing him to hurriedly sneak out of the palace in what appears to be an embarrassing moment for him, amid shouting from the crowd, ’away away away!!!’.
Reports indicate that the MP was at the palace to pay homage to the chief, who had been receiving representatives of corporate, social and political organisations, while sitting in state at the peak of the Asogli Yam Festival.
Mr. Agyapong earlier received a rousing welcome upon entry into the packed grounds and took a seat far across the Agbogbomefia and other chiefs of the state.
However, for what seemed like an hour, cupbearers of the MP were seen engaging with the chiefs and officials of the Asogli State, as he sat waiting, while other dignitaries and patrons appeared before the chief and offered their gifts.
After a while, the Assin Central MP’s gifts, which included drinks, were taken out of the palace grounds by his aides, and he eventually took his leave.
Throwing light on the incident, Mr. Stephen Tetteh, the secretary of the Asogli Council, told the Ghana News Agency that the rejection of the items may be due to some disparaging comments the MP made against Togbe Afede, while he (Togbe Afede) was the board chairman of the National Investment Bank.
Leaders of the New Patriotic Party in the region, who had appeared before the Agbogbomefia and presented a ram, drinks and cash, refused to comment on the MP’s hurried exit, claiming the Asogli State contributed significantly to the unity within the party.
The Agbogbomefia sits in state on the eve of Saturday’s grand durbar to receive well-wishers and their donations in support of the festival and the Asogli Education Fund.
This year’s theme is “Let’s Eschew Greed and Unite for the Development of our People.”