Some few days ago, a statue of the Asantehene Otumfour Osei Tutu II erected in honour of his 20th anniversary sparked several concerns as the residents of the region expressed their anger over the image saying it doesn’t look like their King.
The consultant for the Brazilian engineering and construction firm, Messrs Contracta Engineering Limited which built the multi-million dollar new Kejetia-Central Market has come out to explain that all blame should be directed to the Manhyia Palace and not them for the wrong erection of the wrong Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II’s statue.
According to him, Manhyia was hugely involved in every stage of the statue until it’s unveiling last week and that his outfit cannot be blamed for the shoddy work done.
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Explaining in an interview, he said they awarded the sculpture contract to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Sculpture Department upon Manhyia’s instruction.
The Consultant stressed that if the University’s Sculpture Department disappointed some Kumasi residents as well as descent of the Asante Kingdom by producing the wrong statute of the revered Asante King, he cannot be blamed.
Pouring out his frustrations, he maintained that the statute could not have been unveiled if Manhyia was not pleased with the outcome what has been erected at the agreed location
“From the beginning of the project we got a green light from Manhyia before we awarded the contract to the KNUST sculpture department. Manhyia was involved in every stage until its completion. Let me tell you we couldn’t have unveiled the statue if Manhyia is dissatisfied with the work’’. he disclosed
He asserted that the statue can be viewed wrongly depending on the angle one stands.
“Otumfuo’s statue may look misrepresented to you depending on where you are picturing it from, if you stand close to it you might think it is not him but, if you stand afar you will realize that is Otumfuo,’’ he justified