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The Otumfuo lived in England so he understands the work of Parliament- Paul Adom Otchere says

The comments made by the Ashantehene, Otumfou Osei Tutu II about the E-levy have been given different interpretations depending on which side of the political divide you belong to. Otumfou Osei Tutu II, on Sunday, December 11, was celebrated for the pivotal role he played in ensuring peace in Dagbon. The day also coincided with the last "Akwesidae" of the year.

In his speech, Otumfou Osei Tutu II urged the Members of Parliament not to frustrate the activities of the government. He admitted that the MPs have the right to scrutinize the policy of the executive, but it should not go to the extreme. About the E-levy, the Ashantehene stated that it is natural for citizens to oppose the payment of tax, but it is the only way the government can raise funds to embark on developmental projects.

But Members of Parliament for the opposition National Democratic Congress interpreted it to mean that the Otumfuo wants them to make the E-levy go through. Muntaka Mubarak, the Member of Parliament for the Asawase Constituency, who doubles as the Minority Chief Whip, in a radio interview did indicate that, though he has a deep respect for the Ashantehene, it is the constitutional responsibility of the minority to constructively criticize the government to keep it in check.

Reacting to the back and forth between members of the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party over the statement made by the Ashantehene, Paul Adom Otchere, speaking on today's episode of the Good Evening Ghana show ( December 13), pointed out that, Otumfou Osei Tutu II had lived his childhood days in Britain and hence know how Parliament works. According to Paul Adom Otchere, the Otumfuo is well informed about parliamentary works. 

"Otumfou lived most of his childhood days in England, so he thoroughly understands the work of Parliament because the British Parliament is the home of all Parliament", he said.

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