The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly has vehemently debunked a false news report that suggests the wife of the Asantehene, Lady Julia Osei-Tutu has endorsed the Assembly’s impending demolition of 301 houses in the metropolis.
The hoax news, which is the personal imagination of the reporter, was originally carried by ‘Prime newsghana.com’, and later published on ‘Ghanaweb.com’, on Thursday, July 05, 2018.
The Assembly has expressed extreme anger and dismay over how those aforementioned web-sites threw the ethics of journalism into the wind and published such a fabricated story, just to misinform the public.
The KMA, led by its Chief Executive, Osei Assibey Antwi, has therefore entreated the public to threat the false news report about Lady Julia, which is spreading fast, with the contempt that it deserves.
In a release, authored by Godwin Okumah Nyame, the KMA Public Relations Officer and copied to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper, he indicated that ‘’the KMA’S attention had been drawn to those false news about Lady Julia’’.
‘’And by this statement, we want to clear the air and also set the records straight. Lady Julia has not publicly made any statement in relation to the 301 buildings earmarked by the Assembly for demolition’’.
According to him, ‘’Mr Osei Assibey Antwi, in an interview with ‘Hello Fm’, last week, disclosed that the Assembly had earmarked for demolition 301 buildings , which the reporter made a story about.
Surprisingly, Mr Kumah said the reporter, having done the original story on the Mayor’s interview on Hello Fm, decided to falsely link Lady Julia to the demolition exercise.
The KMA, the P.R.O noted is disgusted about the unprofessional journalistic piece.
Mr Okumah also recalled that the only time Lady Julia made any public statement about the KMA’S effort in keeping the city clean so as to help restore Kumasi’s Garden City of West Africa status, once again.
Mr Okumah stated emphatically that the statement made by the Kumasi Mayor during the interview with Hello Fm, few days ago, had no link with Lady Julia’s visit to the Bantama market.