ONE major issue that continues to stall developments in our communities is chieftaincy dispute and its attendant effects.
A cursory look into many of the Ga communities reveals one chieftaincy dispute and the other.
THERE are even Ga communities that have more than three persons all carrying themselves as chiefs. And for us at Weekend Today we are not surprised that as of now the Ga State is grappling with who the legitimate Ga Mantse is.
CHIEFTAINCY dispute and its associated violence in this country has led to the deaths of prominent chiefs and innocent Ghanaians. In parts of the north where chieftaincy disputes have escalated, they have often led to the setting ablaze of houses and properties.
IT is in the light of the above that Weekend Today is worried about the accusations and counter accusations by the Andanis and Abudus in the Northern Region. The point we want to hammer on is that these allegations and their counters will achieve nothing.
IN fact they will rather deepen the long and bitter rivalry between the two ethnic groupings. The Abudus and Andanis should take a break and reflect on why a lasting solution has still not been found to this impasse?
THE answer is obvious: it is because both the Andanis and the Abudus are not ready to give peace a chance. This is why we are excited at the appeal by a youth group calling itself the Dagbon Malima Zongo (DAMAZ) to both the Andanis and the Abudus Royal families to smoke the peace pipe.
IT must unequivocally be stated here that the entrenched positions taken by the two royal families has not helped and will not help in finding a lasting solution to the impasse.
IN all these, they should bear in mind that without peace and stability, Dagbon will see no meaningful development. Therefore, it’s about time that both factions took progressive steps towards ending this 15 year-old crisis which dates back to the 18th century.
AND that should start with both sides adopting compromises and making sacrifices for the sake of peace.