Because they decided to organize elections there without informing Manhyia Palace, certain vendors at the Kejetia New Market have earned the wrath of the Asantehemaa.
The “Kumasi City Market Traders Union,” a trading organization that was supposedly founded by a man named Nana Franko to counter the Asantehemaa-appointed present leadership, has been told to immediately cease any elections there.
On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, the Asantehemaa’s Court, presided over by Her Majesty Nana Yaa Konadu, Queen of the Asante Kingdom, also ordered the administration of the Kumasi City Market Limited to remove any election-related banners and advertising materials from the market.
The first elections for the Kumasi City Market Traders Union’s officials to guide the traders in the new Kejetia Market were expected to take place in October 2022.
However, certain Queen Mothers who represent the Asantehemaa at the market challenged the foundation of this new union and brought the leadership of the union to the Asantehemaa’s Court for a peaceful resolution.
Nana Yaa Foriwaa stated that no one can elect leaders without the knowledge of the Manhyia Palace in a conversation with Kwame Agyenim Boateng, Head of all Queen Mothers representing Asantehemaa at the various marketplaces in Kumasi City.
“The market is for Asantehemaa and so she has appointed over 70 poeple at various departments to run the market for her, all leaders in the market were appointed by Manhyia Palace and so whoever wants to lead here will first have to get the blessings of the owner of the facility, which in this case is the Asantehemaa “
Mr. Kwabena Fosu, Chairman of the Kumasi Central Market’s Eleven-Member Steering Committee, commended the choice and praised Manhyia Palace for making such a firm choice.
He went on to say that the Asantehemaa’s more than 70 appointees were doing a good job and that no one should start another organization to oppose them.
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Jacob Agyenim Boateng