Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has warned queen mothers in Ashanti Kingdom against the formation of associations that are intended to undermine the authority of chiefs.
He said he had observed recent developments where queen mothers form associations and then travel to Accra to meet government officials for validation.
Addressing the Asanteman Council at the Manhyia palace last Monday, the Monarch warned he will not allow any act of disrespect from queen mothers in his jurisdiction.
“These days I have noticed some of the queen mothers are rising up and forming associations. Those from Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and others and they quickly rush to Accra and other places with their associations, be careful that is not how it is supposed to be. Let me be clear with you, wherever you go in government, nothing could be done unless they come to me first. I’m monitoring.
“You queen mothers are to sit behind and beside your chiefs. You are to advise us, that is how it is planned. If we do something wrong you take us home and advise us, that is where you talk to us. Our power as men is even with you women. You are to advise us, not to overtake us. The queen mother role is not meant for fashion and taking nice pictures,” Otumfuo warned.
On other matters, the Otumfuo also gave the assurance that all chieftaincy litigations brought to his palace will be dealt with before the end of the year in order to ensure sanity and peace in the Ashanti kingdom.
Story: Today Correspondent