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Chief accuses DCE of meddling in chieftaincy, land matters

2011-05-06 18:56:57
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A chief has accused Mr. Robert Baka Wavei, the Sissala West District Chief Executive, of meddling in chieftaincy and land matters in recent times, thereby creating confusion and tension among the ethnic groups in the area.

The Gwollu Kuoru, Kuoro Kuri-Buktie Limann, Paramount Chief of the Gwollu Traditional Area, alleged that Mr. Wavei had alienated himself from members of the traditional authorities of the three paramountcies in the Sissala West District and had resorted to “divide
and rule tactics”.

He said the “divide and rule tactics” was breeding mistrust among chiefs in the three paramountcies who hitherto were relating cordially and happily with one another.

Kuoru Limann made these accusations at a press conference in Wa, said Mr. Wavei had been visiting individual chiefs of his choice and had refused to meet the chiefs as a traditional council as customary and tradition demands.

He said the District Chief Executive had refused to accept the chiefs’ representative into the Sissala West District Assembly and replaced them with people of his choice contrary to the 30 per cent provision in the 1992 constitution.

The Gwollu Kuoru alleged that Mr. Wavei did not think it fit and proper to formally inform the chiefs of the paramountcy about the visit of President John Atta Mills so they could organise to receive him traditionally and customarily into Gwollu.

He said the District Chief Executive was interfering with a land dispute between the Buwa chiefs and Fielimoa people. His interference in the dispute had heightened tension between the hitherto friendly neighbours.

Kuoro Kuri-Buktie Limann alleged that Mr. Wavei had been going to the bush alone to collect cattle rates from alien Fulani herdsmen, creating suspicion of corruption and malfeasance in his operations.

Mr. Wavei, in his response, said Kuoro Kuri-Buktie Limann had never appreciated all the efforts that he made for the two of them to co-operate for the rapid development of the district.

“Kuoru Limann has always accused me of what I am not for and I do not know what wrong I have done him”, he said.


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