‘Use Chieftaincy Law to resolve disputes’

President of Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs (GARHs), Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, has called on traditional office holders in Ga State to take steps to resolve chieftaincy disputes within the state in the interest of peace and development.

According to him, it is about time the people of Ga Mashie put in place traditional and proper customary measures to ensure that laws and regulations governing the chieftaincy institution worked to prevent people from fighting over thrones, which do not belong to them.

In his estimation, the protracted chieftaincy disputes in the Ga-Adangbe communities could only be resolved if feuding parties respect procedures and guidelines in the Chieftaincy Laws and regulations.

He noted that the Chieftaincy Act, 2008 (custom), passed by Parliament outlines procedures and guidelines for kingmakers in the installation, enskinment, destoolment and de-skinment of chiefs.

According to him, Ghana has a robust constitution, which guarantees the institution of chieftaincy together with its traditional councils.

“We have the Chieftaincy Act which, if its provisions were followed by Ghanaians, particularly the kingmakers and elders of the Ga State accordingly, there will never be two chiefs here, there and everywhere,” he advised.

Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, who doubles as the Paramount Chief of Osu Traditional Area, made these observations while speaking in an exclusive interview with Today at his Osu Palace in Accra on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

He was reacting to recent allegations by members of the Ga Traditional Council (GTC) and Nii Tackie Oblie II of Abola Piam family that GARHCs failed to resolve the protracted Ga Mantse paramount chieftaincy dispute.

At a press conference over the weekend, Nii Tackie Oblie II claimed that he had petitioned the GARHCs over statements by both Boni King Tackie Adama and King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, both laying claim to the Ga Paramount stool.

He further claimed that he had personal discussion with Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI over the lingering Ga Mantse chieftaincy dispute and upon his advice he [Nii Tackie Oblie II] filed a petition to that effect.

“I was given 24th April, 2018 as the date for the hearing of the case, but I received a strange telephone call from someone who claimed to be the Secretary to the President of GARHCs on 23rd April, 2018, a day to the hearing that my case has been adjourned sine die,” Nii Oblie II recounted.

But, in a quick rebuttal, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI denied knowledge of advising Nii Tackie Obli II to file any petition at GARHCs.

“I think that we Ga people should desist from the habit of making statements of war against our traditional office holders. We should rather focus on how to work together to promote the chieftaincy institution that will help bring development to the Ga State,” he said.

He expressed concern about the myriads of chieftaincy disputes in the region that were dissipating resources and energies of the top echelons of Ga Mashie Royal Houses.

“It is very distressing to read and hear various rejoinders on the issue in the print and electronic media,” he said.

With regard to the installation of Ga Mantse, he stated that people in Ga Mashie needed only a royal from eligible ruling house to ascend the stool, others from other royal houses who might be eligible should exercise patience and rally behind the incumbent so that peace and co-existence would prevail in Ga Mashie again.

He indicated his outfit’s commitment to work with the chiefs, traditional office holders, chieftaincy institution to develop proactive measures to stop chieftaincy and land disputes in Ga communities.

 

Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU

Writer’s Email: freeman.koryekpor@todaygh.com

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