Mamponghene to mark 25th anniversary Dec 31

The occupant of the Silver stool in Asanteman, Daasebre Osei Bonsu II will mark his 25th anniversary on December 31, 2021.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, together with other distinguished personalities will grace the anniversary durbar at the forecourt of the Amaniampong Silver Stool Palace.

The occasion will coincide with the 83rd birthday celebration of Daasebre Osei Bonsu II.

The occasion will attract people from all walks of life, especially Mampong citizens both home and abroad to pay homage to their Omanhene whose 25-year reign has brought about peace and stability in the traditional area.

Among activities lined-up include a Quiz competition for senior high schools in the Mampong Municipality on Monday, December 27, 2021.

There will also be a clean-up exercise on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 and a football match, which will be followed with a photo exhibition on Thursday, December 30, 2021.

On Friday, December 31, 2021, the anniversary will be climaxed with a durbar where the Mamponghene will sit in palanquin, backed by the queen of Mampong, Nana Agyakoma Difie and the chiefs in the traditional area to parade through the principal streets of Mampong.

Life

Daasebre Osei Bonsu II, known in private life as Saint Oswald Gyimah-Kessie, was born on December 31, 1939.

On Friday, December 31, 2021, the anniversary will be climaxed with a durbar where the Mamponghene will sit in palanquin, backed by the queen of Mampong, Nana Agyakoma Difie and the chiefs in the traditional area to parade through the principal streets of Mampong.

Life

Daasebre Osei Bonsu II, known in private life as Saint Oswald Gyimah-Kessie, was born on December 31, 1939.

His mother was affectionately called Teacher Mary Gyimah (one of the pioneer women educationists in the Gold Coast and pre-independence era) of the Botaase Bretuo Royal Family of Asante-Mampong. 

Daasebre Osei Bonsu is a product of Prempeh College and the University of Ghana, Legon.

He has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics, Political Science and Modern History and holds an L.L.B. (Hons) – Law.

Before Enstoolment

Before he was enstooled as Mamponghene, Daasebre was the Registrar at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). 

He started as an Assistant Registrar in 1972 and by dint of hard work rose through the ranks and was appointed as Registrar in 1991 till he retired in 2000.

Daasebre Osei Bonsu was enstooled on August 25, 1996 when he succeeded his uncle, Nana Atakora Amaniampong II, who had abdicated.

The ascension of Daasebre Osei Bonsu to the Amaniampong Stool brought finality to the protracted chieftaincy litigation which had spanned almost two decades.

The chieftaincy litigation brought about disaffection and intolerance among the people and eventually brought development to a halt.

Mamponghene having assumed the mantle of leadership of the Amaniampong Silver Stool in 1999 has essentially changed the face of chieftaincy in his traditional area.

Indeed, he has brought some satisfactory level of innovation, dynamism, diligence and progress to the traditional area.

Daasebre’s accomplished and outstanding administrative prowess had manifested in his role as Chief of Mampong and Asanteman which had contributed to a lot of transformation and development

Daasebre Osei Bonsu has singled-handedly sponsored a large number of brilliant, needy children in the Mampong area in some tertiary institutions and senior high schools.

Daasebre has been collaborating with both present and former governments which have provided improved water systems in the area.

The Mamponghene working in close collaboration with the Queen, Nana Agyakoma Difie and the Chiefs in the Traditional Area have been able to work with the political leaders, political parties in the area and other stakeholders and brought peace which is a core for accerelated growth and development.

Traditional position

Daasebre Osei Bonsu is a member and permanent Vice-President, Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs, Chairman of the Standing Committee, Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs, Chairman of the Standing Committee of Asanteman Council, a member of the National House of Chiefs, a member of the Standing Committee of the National House of Chiefs, a member of the Judicial Committee of the National House of Chiefs and the Chairman of the Legal Committee of the National House of Chiefs . He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the National House of Chiefs.

Family

Daasebre Osei Bonsu is married to Mrs Janet Dorothy Gyimah-Kessie, a devoted and God-fearing woman. 

The couple has one daughter, Dr Naana Mary Gyimah-Kessie, a medical practitioner.

I won’t be errand boy for Executive nor will I frustrate gov’t business – Bagbin

The Speaker of the 8th Parliament,  Rt. Hon. Alban S.K Bagbin, has reiterated his resolve to discharge his mandate without fear or favour.

The Speaker of the hung Parliament, who was addressing the House on Thursday, December 16, 2021, said though he does not seek to frustrate government business, he will not compromise on serving the interest of Ghanaians.

“Let me reiterate my solemn pledge to the people of Ghana, which I canvassed in my first formal communication to this House, that, I will not superintend over a Parliament to frustrate government business, but, I will equally not preside over a weak House or be tagged as an errand boy of the Executive arm of government.”

“This House is fully focused in discharging its mandate and will do so without any fear or favour, affection or ill-will in ensuring the ultimate best interests of the Ghanaian people are served,” he said.

Mr. Bagbin further urged MPs to continue to strengthen channels of communication, foster dialogue, encourage broader stakeholder consultation and allow the processes they have adopted “for our burgeoning democracy to thrive.”

The Minority Caucus in Parliament has indicated its strong resolve to reject the government’s proposed 1.75% E-levy in its entirety.

It said it will kick against the levy in any shape or form since it will inflict more hardship on Ghanaians.

“It is true that we engaged. We were part of the engagement, but at that engagement, regrettably and unfortunately, on the matter of e-levy we could not have agreement and consensus.”

“We believe that the e-levy is punitive, and will undermine our quest to grow a digital economy in seeking to tax transactions,” the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu said in Parliament on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Majority Caucus has also said the e-levy is the only means the government can raise revenue to meet the demands of Ghanaians aside from borrowing.

Commenting on these issues, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II, over the weekend advised legislators not to use their entrenched positions to frustrate the government from performing its legitimate duties.

According to him, lawmakers are only representatives of the people, and it was not their duty to determine policies for the government.

“We elect people to represent us to make sure there is some equilibrium in what governments do. It is to our good that our representatives in Parliament subject the national budget to the most rigorous scrutiny and to call for changes.”

“Government must also have the humility to acknowledge and embrace the useful inputs from all sources, but our representatives need to bear in mind that it is not their role to either determine policy or to frustrate the executive from performing their legitimate duties.”