GHANA - The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has revealed that but for his intervention, Former President John Agyekum Kufuor and Jerry John Rawlings would have still been bitter enemies till date, Ghanaweb is reporting.
Addressing a gathering as part of activities commemorating 20th years of his ascension of the golden stool, the Asantehene revealed that he had to engage in a marathon meeting with both leaders before peace finally prevailed.
He detailed how he held a six-hour meeting at one instance with both parties which started from 9pm and ended at about 3am just to iron out their differences in the interest of Ghana.
I become King in 1999. After the 2000 elections, Rawlings vowed neither to speak with nor meet Kufuor. I had to summon both to a meeting before he agreed to invite Kufuor to conduct him round the Osu Castle as an incoming President before the handing over”
According to him, he held a second meeting with them on February 16, 2001 charting the path of peace.
“When Kufuor became President if anything cropped up, he will ask me to speak to Rawlings just to allow peace to prevail which I have always done”, he disclosed at the event covered by MyNewsGh.com
The King disclosed that he has been consistently tagged as a member of NPP with others claiming he is NDC revealing that he stands for Ghana and not any of the political parties.
“I represent the interest of Ghana and Asanteman. I am not an NPP or NDC. Whether we like it or not the two parties will continue to govern the country but it is also my interest and duty to ensure that peace prevails”, he disclosed.