The authorities at Manhyia Palace have announced the indefinite closure of a local radio station in Kumasi.
The palace took the action in response to statements made by politician and businessman Odike, which were broadcast on Oyarepa FM.
Odike had chastised Otumfuo Osei Tutu III and the Manhyia Palace for allowing the depletion of forest reserves and pollution of water bodies.
He blamed the “galamsey” menace that has erupted in the Ashanti Region on Otumfuo and the palace’s negligence.
On social media, many have intimated that it was wrong for the revered traditional leader to take steps toward the closure of a radio station and become an impediment to freedom of speech.
Many also add that whatever Odike said about Otumfuo was right and shouldn’t have resulted in what they describe as witch-hunting.
Others have also hailed Otumfuo for showing leadership by shutting down the radio station.
@BongoIdeas wrote: Otumfuo is a typical authoritarian African leader. Despite his failures, he hates being called out, criticized, or questioned. His poor area needs transformation and better leadership, not the chasing of critics (Oyerepa FM). All hail the egoistic king who has offered nothing!
@CheEsquire wrote: Otumfuo said at a public gathering that he knows some of his sub-chiefs involved in Galamsey and he did nothing about them or the situation – Galamsey is still going on in his kingdom. Like repeats the same allegations and Manhyia is up in arms. People just hate the truth!
@papakwesi_jnr wrote: What has Otumfuo Ashantehene done about the abandoned project in the Ashanti Region?? If you’re a King who has the people at heart your influence for development should be felt
@viewsday wrote: What Manhyia did to Oyerepa reminds me of this Idi Amin’s quote “There is freedom of speech,but I can’t guarantee freedom after speech.” If you don’t agree, go to Otumfuo simple.
@korsogyimi wrote: The most powerful man in Ashanti Region and probably even powerful than the president is Otumfuo. You can argue with your keyboard !
@shatakumasi wrote: Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you can sit on a radio station and insult his imperial majesty Otumfuo!! They should just closed that useless radio station forever.
@KBNkansah wrote: All them media people outside Kumasi writing all those thing should come to Manhyia Palace just one day p3 and see if the laws of Ghana works there You will know Otumfuo is powerful