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Settle Wa Chieftaincy Dispute

2008-06-17 23:27:28
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The Minister of State in-charge of Chieftaincy, Mr Sampson Kwaku Boafo, has appealed to the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs to settle the Wa Chieftaincy dispute to pave way for peace, unity and development.

He said it was not ideal for people in the region to have a protracted chieftaincy dispute in their regional capital that would affect development.

Mr Boafo made the appeal when addressing the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs at a meeting in Wa as part of his maiden tour of the region to interact with the chiefs to find out problems and challenges facing the chieftaincy institution in the region.

He asked the chiefs to be circumspect and transparent and allow the truth to prevail in their quest to resolve the Wa Chieftaincy dispute, pointing out that justice must be provided in a manner that would satisfy all the feuding factions in the dispute.

Mr Boafo said this would encourage the people to remain united as one people and help to sustain the prevailing peace in the municipality to enhance development.

He said: "You must not allow monetary gains or any other considerations to influence your judgment to give the skin to any stranger. We must choose the right person and tell the youth not to follow blindly."

Mr Boafo urged chiefs in the three Northern Regions to collaborate and come out with a strategic development plan for the area to complement government’s development efforts.

He urged Paramount Chiefs to consider elevating some of the Divisional Chiefs to paramountcy to give equal hearing to the people they represent at the traditional councils, regional house of chiefs and national levels.

Mr Boafo announced that Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture had appealed to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for support to build the capacity of chiefs on conflict management and transformation to help chiefs resolve conflicts in their communities.

He called on Metropolitan, Municipal District Assemblies to support the succession lineage of coding of chiefs in their communities to help reduce chieftaincy disputes.

The President of Upper West Regional House of Chiefs, Kuoro Kuri Buktie Limann IV, commended Mr Boafo for the interventions made to sustain and maintain the chieftaincy institution, especially the passage of the Chieftaincy Bill recently by Parliament.

He said the success or failure of chiefs to provide good traditional leadership and governance would depend on the adequate care given to them to carry out their duties to bring development and peace as well as protect good cultural practices of the people.

Kuoro Limann who is also a Member of Council of State and Paramount Chief of Gwollu Traditional Area said the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs had no permanent offices and the office complex being built for them since 1998 had not been completed.

He appealed to chiefs and elders to be wary of politicians who would foment troubles in their traditional areas.

"I urge you to say no to such politicians and let us also pray for an incident free election and results that would unite us as Ghanaians and as one people with one destiny," he said.

The Upper West Regional Minister, Mr George Hikah Benson noted that the cooperation of chiefs in the region had sustained the prevailing peace in the region.

The Upper West Regional House of Chiefs have 11 chieftaincy cases pending before it for adjudication.

Out of the number, five are paramount skins and six are divisional skins.


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