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It is not wrong for a royal to engage in politics – NPP’s Haruna Mohammed

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The Deputy General Secretary, Haruna Mohammed, has rebutted allegations that the New Patriotic Party is attempting to politicize Manhyia Palace.

His remarks respond to claims by National Democratic Congress (NDC), Deputy General Secretary, Mustapha Gbande, who suggested that selecting Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh as a running mate politicizes the traditional institution due to NAPO’s royal lineage.

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Haruna Mohammed clarified that it is not improper for someone from a royal background to engage in politics, stressing that Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh’s royal lineage should not detract from his political participation.

He stated, “Unfortunately, when people are identified by their background, there is no doubt that Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh comes from a royal gate. The chief [Asantehene] highlighted this aspect of his background.”

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Additionally, Haruna Mohammed emphasized that the Asantehene’s palace should remain apolitical, as it holds immense respect.

“Where lies the drawing of the Asantehene or the [Manhyia] palace into politics? The Asantehene’s palace is the most revered in our land. And I don’t think that the Asantehene has ever engaged himself in political activity.

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He underscored that while the Asantehene is highly esteemed and respected, it is not inappropriate for any member from the palace, regardless of their title within the chieftaincy structure, to participate in politics.

“He is a very distinguished king who is much respected by the rank and file of the kingdom. But it is not a crime for any member that comes from that palace and without title within the chieftaincy divide within the palace to do politics,” citinewsroom.com reported.

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