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This is what happened in Damongo during the durbar of chiefs at the one-year anniversary of Yagbonwura Bii-Kunuto Soale 1

Yagbonwura Bii-Kunuto Soale 1
Yagbonwura Bii-Kunuto Soale 1

The President of the Republic, Nana was invited to the one-year Anniversary of the Yagbonwura held in Damongo. This program coincided with the Annual Congress of the Gonjaland Youth Association and the Congress.

The program was planned to proceed along the protocols as the King and his council so preferred to all participants. And as it were, the President of the Gonjaland Youth was to speak first, followed by the speech from the King, then Former President Mahama and then President Akuffo-Addo was billed to be the last speaker.

When the President arrived, though late, he was ushered in and was taken around to exchange pleasantries with the chiefs.

In an attempt to undermine the authority of the Yagbonwura and the collective pride of the people of the Gonja Kingdom, the Member of for Damongo Constituency, Hon Abu Jinapor, reached out to the Yagbonwura and requested that he stood up and descended from his skins to exchange handshakes with the President. The Yagbonwura didn't pay heed to this. Then, the regional Chairman, Mr. Kalamonia equally followed up to the King and also placed the same request, which the Yagbonwura played a deaf ear to.

As usual, the President was angered by the refusal of the Yagbonwura to stand up and descend from his skins to exchange pleasantries with him. He was forced to swallow his pride and then move to the Yagbonwura to shake hands.

The program proceeded according to plan; the President of the Gonjaland Youth Association presented his speech and as expected, it was supposed to be followed by the speech from the Yagbonwura.

Hon Abu Jinapor then, on the instructions of the President, stampeded the MC of the program and took the mic from him and then announced that, the President had his helicopter waiting and so, he was going to present his speech and then leave. This came without recourse to the King, not any reasonable explanation to the audience present and not with any humility.

The President proceeded to present his 5 mins speech, and left with all his appointees and NPP functionaries at the program. In fact, they left the Member of the Council of State alone on the high table. This was well orchestrated to disrespect the King, disrupt the program and take the shine off the entire program.

The functionaries angered by this show of disrespect, also requested President Mahama to leave the program. But as calm and humble as President Mahama was/is, he respectfully called for calm and also indicated that he was at the program as a son of the land and not in any position to disrespect the King, his father, and the people of Gonjaland as a whole.

President Mahama proceeded to give his speech after the King had presented his speech. In his speech, President Mahama made a solemn pledge to the King, that just as he delivered the Fufulso-Sawla road, he was going to deliver the Damongo Water Project in his next government. He also pledged to build a regional hospital in as well as in all the newly created regions. He went further to promise that he was going to build a stadium for the region, among other pledges.

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