BY PHILIP ANTOH
AS PART of the government directives to control the spread of the deadly Covid 19, the Kwahu Traditional Council and Nananom have suspended this year’s Kwahu annual festival.
According to the traditional council, the action has become necessary as a measure to control the spread of Covid 19 and also help the chiefs in the various communities in the traditional area from engaging in public gathering.
In a release signed by the Registrar of the Kwahu Traditional Council, Mr Samuel Tuffour said “in line with the President’s directive on the COVID-19 outbreak, Nananom of the Kwahu Traditional Council are advising the public to adhere to all directives.”
“The annual Kwahu Easter and all activities associated with it have been called off.”
The council has cancelled all appointments and visits to various palaces in Kwahu unless they are extremely necessary.
Again the statement said all public engagements by Nananom within the Kwahu Traditional Council are suspended.
The council advised that the Akwaisdae should be celebrated with minimal contacts and restricted to indoor traditional ceremonies. As already advised, handshaking, hugging and other forms of bodily contact must be discouraged.
The chiefs have also directed that one week, 40-day observance and funerals in Kwahu must be on hold indefinitely.
The council again said chiefs and people in Kwahu are advised to travel only when necessary and take extreme caution.
“Our various markets and trading centres should adhere to the strictest of hygiene and minimize contacts with people,” the statement stated.
The council therefore caution the media in Kwahu to be extremely careful in their reportage and not to cause unnecessary fear and panic about the festival.