Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Review traditional practices
– Nene Dawutey
Story: NANA KONADU AGYEMAN, Somanya
THE PRESIDENT of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, Nene Narh Ologo Dawutey V1, has called for a review of traditional practices which give queens absolute power to nominate, install and destool chiefs in their traditional areas.
He said that would go a long way to minimize chieftaincy disputes in the region and the country in general.
Nene Dawutey, who is also the Konor of Yilo Krobo, made the call when the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Kwadwo Affram Aseidu, his Deputy, Mr Ofosu Asamoah, and the District Chief Executive for Yilo Krobo, Mr. Joseph Adu Tawiah, paid a courtesy call on him at his palace at Somanya.
The visit was to enable the regional minister and his deputy formally introduce themselves to the paramount chief and foster closer collaboration between the Yilo Krobo paramountcy and the Regional Co-ordinating Council (RCC) to facilitate the area’s development.
According to Nene Dawutey, most chieftaincy disputes pending before the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs were fomented by queens, who he said, “wielded absolute power to nominate, install and destool chiefs in their traditional areas.
He cited situations where queens, due to the absolute power they had, did not only take sides in chieftaincy disputes, but also nominated and installed other persons including their own sons to occupy stools, without recourse to the due process for destoolment.
Nene Dawutey stated that in most traditional areas, such as Yilo Krobo where queens did not wield absolute power to nominate and install chiefs, there was little room for chieftaincy disputes, a situation which had facilitated the development of the area.
He, therefore, suggested a review of such traditional practices, which put unlimited power in the hands of queens to minimize chieftaincy disputes in the region and the country as a whole.
According to Yilo paramount chief, the house had been working closely with the various queens to minimize disputes in their areas, and expressed the hope that with time, such practices would belong to history.
Nene Dawutey also reminded chiefs of their leadership role in society and the need for them to stay neutral and guard against the tendency to take sides in political matters.
He said that would enable them to serve as strong unifying body to mobilize their people for the development of their areas.
“Since we are representatives of people who belong to different political parties, we should not be selective by supporting one political party against the other as this would bring division among our people,” Nene Dawutey stated.
He, however, urged chiefs not to hesitate to cooperate and support any government that had the welfare of the people at heart and was committed to pursuing such objectives, adding “we should be prepared to point out the shortcomings of any government”.
He briefed Mr. Affram Asiedu on the commitment and the efforts by the Regional House of Chiefs to address the numerous chieftaincy and land disputes pending before it and called for a closer collaboration between the RCC and the House to facilitate the development of the area.
He urged the regional minister and his deputy to help address the numerous problems facing the area, such as water shortages, inadequate telephone facilities, poor reception of various television stations and the construction of a stadium at Somanya.
Mr. Affram Asiedu, for his part, commended chiefs in the region for their commitment and contribution to the development of the region and pledged his assistance to ensure closer collaboration between his outfit and RC to develop the region.
He said that since chiefs had a pivotal role to play in the country’s socio-economic development that was why the government had established the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture to create a platform for chiefs to contribute their quota.
Mr. Affram Asiedu who commended the Regional House of Chiefs for helping to settle various chieftaincy disputes in the area, called on them to expedite action on other cases pending before the House to ensure unity among the people.
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