Okatakyie Afrifa, a broadcaster at Angel FM, has expressed concerns over Dormaahene, Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II’s consistent criticism of Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. Afrifa believes that these ongoing attacks could lead to a lasting feud between the Asante and Dormaa people, affecting various relationships, including work, marriage, and business.
Afrifa stated, “Nana Dormaahene, you are dismantling relationships and marriages. You will destroy friendships in the town.” He also suggested political motivations behind the Dormaahene’s actions, particularly in the context of the 2024 elections. He stated that there might be an effort to detach the people of Dormaa from Ashanti, including the NPP, with the goal of having Dormaa vote against the NPP, which is perceived as an Ashanti party.
He cautioned that these actions could fuel a long-standing conflict that would outlive Dormaahene, emphasizing that such continuous attacks on Asantehene were not favorable in his view as an Ashanti.
The Asantehene, in response, restated the historical significance of the Dormaa traditional area becoming a paramountcy, emphasizing the need to protect historical accuracy from distortion. The Otumfuo shared historical accounts, including the induction of the former Dormaahene Agyeman Badu I and his connection to the Asantehene. He also highlighted how royal politics have evolved over time.
Agyeman Badu II, the current Dormaahene, has previously criticized the influence of the Asantehene and questioned the existence of kings in Ghana under the 1992 constitution. He has also cautioned chiefs under the Dormaa jurisdiction against paying allegiance to any paramountcy other than the one that installed them.