THE PRESS STATEMENT BY ASANTE STUDENTS UNION (KNUST CHAPTER)
In response to the statement made by Mr Kobby Acheampong, The Deputy Minister for Tourism on Citi FM’s eyewitness news on Tuesday 19th October 2010, we the Asante Students Union (ASU) of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) wish to register our displeasure on the statement made as uncalled for.
The people of Kumasi and Asanteman in general are proud of our heritage and culture and would not sit supine for anyone to bring the prestige of Asante to disrepute. In referring the people of Kumasi and to a large extend the Asanteman as myopic and therefore should travel and broaden our horizon is received with the bitterest of protest.
We the people of Kumasi and Asanteman have no hand of whatever political relationship with Mr Kwadwo Owusuo Afriyie, the NPP General Secretary. Rather, we find it unfortunate that Mr. Kobby Acheampong should go to the extent of insulting us. This irresponsible behaviour and attacks on the people in this region is becoming one too many.
We, therefore, call on Mr Acheampong to, as a matter of urgency, retract this statement and apologise to the people of Kumasi and Asanteman including the cocoa farmers and all who Mr Acheampong by extension refer to as uncivilised or (bush). We further call on the president to act by sacking Mr Acheampong, who we see as not fit to hold the position of high ranking government appointee. We believe this action, if carried out by the president, would redeem the image of the country and all who by Mr Acheampong’s actions have been dented.
We, again, would want to use this opportunity to appeal to all politicians to be mindful of their utterances and that ethnic sentiments when propagated serve nobody’s interest. Its consequences are rather disastrous to nations. Let take a clue from Ruanda and other nations that have strutted the path of ethnocentrism.