The former Municipal Chief Executive for the Ejisu Juaben Municipality in the Ashanti Region and member of the NDC, Afrifa Yamoah Ponkoh has said some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are behind the money laundering case which involves Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
According to him, members of the NPP plot to disgrace the Asanteman.
Though he did not mention names of members of the ruling government, he said their evil plans will be resisted.
“How can some people be so mean and make such damming allegations against our great King? They should stop this nonsense because I will soon expose them and chase them out of the country. I know where all these lies are coming from and I promise to deal with them drastically.
“They know themselves and want they are planning against the Kingdom even in power. They shouldn’t dare else they will regret. They can’t even compare themselves to the golden stool and then have resorted to tarnishing his image. They will fight in vain,” he said in an interview on Accra-based Okay FM.
Background to money laundering
Ashantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has been fingered in a potential money laundering case in the United Kingdom in which he said to have deposited £350,000 at Ghana International Bank.
The revered Ashanti King is said to have handed the money to Mark Arthur, an executive director of the bank, at his multi-million-pound residence in Henley-on-Thames, for deposit.
According to the British-based Telegraph, the subsequent deposit of the cash at Ghana International Bank triggered a money laundering alert in the City of London and cost Mr Arthur his job.