Chiefs and households of soldier Samuel Kojo Gameli who is in custody over the alleged coup plot have referred to as on the condition to grant him bail although investigations carry on.
The armed service officer who was arrested in September 2019, is staying held in custody for allegedly plotting a coup to destabilise the place.
At a press convention held at Vane Thursday February 13, Mr. Senyo Onyami Charles, cousin of the army officer, accused the point out of denying him justice saying that “out of the 10 them, only just one has been granted bail. We are appealing with all humility that our brother need to be granted bail”.
He stressed that the regular space is not against steps of the state as much as the coup plot is worried but wishes the condition to look at granting bail for the suspect, while investigations are expedited for justice.
“We deem it healthy that as he’s one of our sons, we are just appealing to the point out, the prosecution in certain to expedite action on whichever is occurring to grant him bail.
We are not against the condition and we can not struggle the point out, our worry is an attractiveness to have him granted bail in accordance with the provisions of the 1992 structure, when investigations proceed. All 7 chiefs of Avatime are ready to sign the bail bond,” he said.
The suspects which includes Colonel Samuel Kojo Gameli, four civilians, four other army staff and a senior police officer, are claimed to be part of a group named Acquire Motion Ghana (TAG), that was allegedly planning to overthrow govt.
In accordance to the prosecution, the group prepared to undertake sequence of demonstrations, put with each other a approach to goal vital institutions which includes the Jubilee Dwelling, 37 Army Clinic, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, the National Law enforcement Instruction University and Burma Camp in their attempts to execute the prepared coup.
The chiefs of Adansi Standard Council (ATC) in the Ashanti Area have issued an offended denial subsequent claims by the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi-Asokwa Constituency, Kwabena Tahir Hammond, that he has their assistance for his re-election bid.
According to the chiefs, the MP designed ‘outlandish’ statements when he spoke to the media about his possibilities of currently being re-elected in the impending parliamentary primaries of the NPP.
The MP is claimed to have said that he could not be unseated considering the fact that he has the backing of the standard council, which produced him an ‘Nkosuohene’ (advancement main) of the area since of his very good will work.
But the Paramount Chief of ATC, Opagyakotwere Bonsra Afriyie II, reported Mr. K. T. Hammond’s promises could not be accurate.
Talking to the media at his palace, the Adansihene accused the MP of openly peddling falsehood and expressed the ATC’s utmost anger more than what they named an endeavor to draw them into partisan politics of the NPP.
In accordance to him, Mr. Hammond had visited the palace only when (in 2017) because he turned the paramount main in 2015 when the MP accompanied President Akufo-Addo to the location.
“Since then, he has not visited me or the palace, let by yourself honour invitations extended to him for programmes, such as the Obuasi redevelopment venture,” the paramount chief stated.
Wa, (UWR), Feb. 07,
GNA- The Higher West Regional Residence of Chiefs has advocated the need to have for
pragmatic interventions to fight the menace of climate adjust to preserve the
setting and improve livelihoods of the people.
Agricultural Programmes to deal with local weather change will go a prolonged way to increase
agricultural efficiency, thereby assuring foods stability, which is eminent for
human survival”, it reported.
Kuoro Richard Babini
Kanton VI, Paramount Chief of the Tumu Classic Location and President of the
Household, reported this in a speech read on his behalf at the opening of a three-day
inception workshop in Wa.
The workshop was
organised by the German Improvement Cooperation (GIZ) less than the Resilience Against Local weather Change (Get to) project.
The €19.5 million
venture was applied by the GIZ/Competitive Cashew initiative
(GIZ/ComCashew) and the Worldwide Drinking water Management Institute (IWMI) as a result of
the Ministry of Food items and Agriculture (MOFA) with funding from the European
It was getting piloted
in the Nadowli/Kaleo and Wa West Districts, Jirapa, Lwara and Sissala East
Municipalities in the Upper West Location and the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District in
the Savanna Location to address the effect of climate change on rural
Kuoro Kanton VI urged the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to enact and
enforce by-rules in opposition to adverse actions this kind of as illicit felling of tress
like shea and rosewood trees and bush burning, which had been contributing to
local weather improve and its attendant repercussions.
He indicated that
the Arrive at undertaking was timely as it would help in the combat towards climate
modify and strengthen the economic system and livelihoods of the men and women.
Kuoro Kanton VI also
appealed to the GIZ and EU to enable build the shea sector by generating an
enabling setting for shea plantation, processing and promoting, as it was
the important economic activity for women in the northern section of the state.
Dr Hafiz Bin Salih,
the Upper West Regional Minister, in a speech browse on his behalf said
government was employing Planting for Export and Rural Improvement programme
as section of endeavours to address the concern of climate modify.
He reported governing administration
distributed 1.6 million improved cashew seedlings to farmers in 96 districts in
13 areas which include the Upper West Area beneath the programme.
“I believe the
cooperation between community, private and improvement partners, we are on the appropriate
path to strengthening the Ghanaian cashew sector and making it competitive”, Dr
Bin Salih observed.
A delegation from the Sunyani Conventional Council has named on former President John Dramani Mahama to tell him of the burial and funeral plans for the late Nana Yaa Nyamaa II, Omanhemaa of Sunyani.
The Krontihene of Sunyani, Nana Bofotia Boamponsem, who led the delegation recognised the particular relationship in between the late Omanhemaa and former 1st Girl Lordina Dramani Mahama, introducing that the Council thought of it crucial to officially inform the former President, his relatives and the Countrywide Democratic Congress (NDC) of the ideas for the funeral.
Nana Omanhemaa’s burial mass will consider area on Friday February 28, 2020 in Sunyani.
Mr. Mahama prolonged his private commiserations, that of his wife, Lordina, and the NDC to the chiefs and people of Sunyani on their decline.
The Higher West Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin Salih, has billed the Regional Property of Chiefs to resolve pockets of chieftaincy disputes which ended up undermining development.
He stated it was significant for the chiefs to use their time analyzed Common Conflict Resolution mechanisms to conclusion all unsolved conflicts in the Region to pave way for continuous progress.
Dr Salih made the call at the weekend in Tumu for the duration of the centenary celebration of the Tumu Chiefdom, which has lasted from 1918 to 2018.
It was also to rejoice the 10th anniversary of the Tumu Kuoro, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI, for preserving and keeping peace for the earlier 100 several years.
This incorporates the commemorating of the lives of Wogorei Kanton II (1918-1951), Luri Kanton III (1952-1973), Alhaji Luriwie Kanton IV (1974-2001), and Badzoe Kanton V (2001 -2009).
The celebration was held on the concept: “Hundred A long time of Sustained Classic Leadership, Lessons for Peace and Enhancement in Ghana.”
Dr Salih stated while some attempts experienced been designed to take care of some age-outdated chieftaincy disputes, the chiefs required to delve into time examined traditional devices to support resolve the remaining types.
He disclosed that “three chieftaincy disputes inside the location have been disposed of by the judicial committee of the Property, leaving seven extra to be dealt with”.
“Let me urge you to go on to function more durable to take care of the relaxation as govt is rolling out a capability developing education programme for staff of the Regional Dwelling of Chiefs to sharpen your skills,” he stated.
Dr Salih recommended the Tumu Paramountcy for the sustained peace in the place and urged the chiefs to choose methods to solve the several chieftaincy disputes before they escalate.
The celebration was witnessed by chiefs and other invited company from the Higher West Area who were being entertained to the several Sissala dances.
Trophies were being offered to social groups that participated in a soccer match as section of the centenary celebration.
Tumu (UW/R), Feb. 02, GNA – Dr Hafiz Bin
Salih, the Higher West RegionalMinister, has billed the Regional Dwelling of
Chiefs to take care of pockets of chieftaincy disputes, which were undermining
He claimed it was essential for the chiefs to
use their time analyzed Common Conflict Resolution mechanisms to conclusion all
unsolved conflicts in the Region to pave way for steady improvement.
Dr Salih made the call at the weekend in
Tumu through the centenary celebration of the Tumu Chiefdom, which has lasted
from 1918 to 2018.
It was also to celebrate the 10th
anniversary of the Tumu Kuoro, Kuoro Richard Babini Kanton VI, for maintaining and
sustaining peace for the previous 100 years.
This involves the commemorating of the lives
of Wogorei Kanton II (1918-1951), Luri Kanton III (1952-1973), Alhaji Luriwie
Kanton IV (1974-2001), and Badzoe Kanton V (2001 -2009).
The celebration was held on the topic:
“Hundred Yrs of Sustained Classic Management, Classes for Peace and
Progress in Ghana”.
Dr Salih reported although some efforts experienced been
made to solve some age-outdated chieftaincy disputes, the chiefs needed to delve
into time analyzed traditional techniques to support take care of the remaining types.
He disclosed that “three chieftaincy
disputes inside the Location have been disposed of by the judicial committee of
the House, leaving 7 much more to be dealt with”.
“Let me urge you to go on to get the job done more challenging
to solve the relaxation as federal government is rolling out a potential developing schooling
programme for team of the Regional House of Chiefs to sharpen your capabilities,” he
Dr Salih counseled the Tumu Paramountcy for
the sustained peace in the location and urged the chiefs to choose measures to resolve
the few chieftaincy disputes in advance of they escalate.
Touching on the street network, he confident the
chiefs that government had awarded the design of itinerary roads in Tumu,
which had been already in development such as Tumu-Gwollu–Hamile highway, Tumu-Han
street, Tumu-Navrongo, Tumu–Nabugubelle, Tumu-Pieng–Challu and Mwankuri-Han street.
The Region was noted for its high
membership to the Planting for Food and Careers programme, Dr Salih explained, and warned
citizens towards rampant bush burning or danger struggling with the rigours of the legislation.
He urged the regular authorities to
collaborate with the safety businesses to deal with unscrupulous men and women
engaged in smuggling of fertilizer to neighbouring nations around the world.
On the emergence of terrorist actions in
neighbouring nations around the world, he appealed to the citizenry to be more vigilant and
volunteer facts and report suspicious characters to the security individuals
introducing ”our proximity predisposes us to the threat”.
The celebration was witnessed by chiefs and
other invited guests from the Higher West Region who ended up entertained to the
various Sissala dances.
Trophies had been offered to social groups
that participated in a soccer match as portion of the centenary celebration.
The chiefs and men and women of Samreboi in the Amenfi West District of the Western Area have threatened to strike the streets again soon to protest against the negative mother nature of roads in the area.
The citizens on November 8, 2019 embarked on a large demonstration to sign-up their displeasure about the negative state on streets in the area.
A two-week-ultimatum was issued to governing administration to make sure that the inadequate highway network in the place was fixed.
In accordance to them, though Samreboi is a top cocoa and timber creating location in the nation, all the streets linking the city have been remaining in deplorable state by successive governments.
Speaking on our Dawn morning demonstrate on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, Chief of Samreboi, Nana Ackah Andoh explained they are nonetheless to get any response from the governing administration around their issues.
“We had been hopeful of hearing a favourable reaction from the authorities soon after presenting our petition to the MCE of the location, but as we communicate, almost nothing has been stated to us or are there any plans to correct the roads”.
Nana Ackah Andoh also claimed they are putting measures in put to embark on a further large demonstration immediately after the expiration of the ultimatum supplied to government.
According to him, they would for a longer time hold out for the rains to begin before governing administration brings in products to repair the roads.
“When it starts to rains, it would be not possible for get the job done to be carried out on the roads”.
He even further said that, if they do not sign up their displeasure now and get the roadways fastened, politicians would only faux to get the roadways fastened since it is an election 12 months.
The Chiefs in Suame constituency in the Ashanti location have declared their help for the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) and Vast majority Leader in parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu in advance of the forthcoming parliamentary primaries of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The Chiefs, led by Kwaprahene Baffour Adugyemfu Kumani have identified as on the delegates of the constituency to enable Hon. Mensah Bonsu to contest unopposed in the Suame NPP parliamentary primaries.
“Chiefs and elders, we have invited you below for a quick dialogue. For around 20 yrs, we have sent our personal indigenous Kyei Mensah Bonsu to parliament and he has been finished so much for us. His regard for the Chiefs and elders and even the young kinds is admirable. Simply because of his good conduct and tough work… we the chiefs are backing him for another phrase. So we are kindly attractive to all qualified voters to help Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu,” Kwaprahene Kumani reported.
According to Nana Kwaprahene, the MP has performed very well for the persons and obtained a great deal for the constituency.
The Chiefs are interesting to the youth who are campaigning in opposition to the MP to stop this sort of pursuits in the constituency and give their assistance to the MP to comprehensive the very good assignments he has initiated in the constituency.
Mensah Bonsu has been in parliament for the previous 24 many years and he is in search of one more expression.
Nana Takyi III, Chief of Gomoa Odumasi in the Gomoa East District of the Central Region has urged Traditional Leaders to empower the youth so that they can add their quota toward Nationwide Progress.
“If we want our youth of today to assist national development, then we need to empower them economically in each and every sector.
This will ginger them to support programmes and insurance policies that would be put in place by policymakers aimed at strengthening the lives of the folks”
Nana Takyi III, mentioned these at a durbar organized by the Chiefs and Individuals of Gomoa Odumasi to mark their yearly Akwambo Competition just lately.
The festival beneath the Concept Youth Employment, the tool for Local community Improvement, Nana Takyi III noticed with issue the price at which present-day Youth have been left to their destiny.
“There could not be any fantastic concept than this, Youth Empowerment is the only way we can encourage youthful men and women to convey out their potentials and capabilities so that they can lead their quota towards national improvement
We should be certain that our Youth are thoroughly supported to be self-enough in their very own fields, be it in instruction, wellbeing, agriculture, artisanship or entrepreneurship which would crank out profits to feed themselves and their households.
As we all know, Youth unemployment add drastically to poverty and economic disaster in the nation.
That is why Nananom, opinion Leaders and all stakeholders should to help Govt in its quest for Youth employment for folks in certain”
Nana Takyi III noted that when the youth ended up nicely resourced, they would be nicely prepared to take up the mantle of leadership positions in the close to future.
He as a result identified as on all and sundry to aid this Worthy training course
” Gomoa Odumasi is a farming local community, we have to implement modernization in our farming actions by making use of mechanization to raise food items and cash crops creation thus enhancing economic expansion and to eradicate poverty.
These in academic institutions ought to be inspired to attain a top on the instructional ladder mainly because of education as we all know in the key to enhancement. This will also lower teenage pregnancy and faculty drop-out substantially
Others who are into petty trading and artisanship ought to be supported to attain their goals”
Nana Takyi III therefore appealed to the Central Government by the Gomoa East District Assembly as well as the Member of Parliament for Gomoa East Constituency, Hon. Kojo Asemanyi to make mortgage services offered for farmers and other individuals to develop their farms and corporations.
“Enable me conclude by captivating to authorities to reshape and potentially tarry our highway linking Agona Kwanyarko to Gomoa Dominase to facilitate clean transportation of merchandise and solutions.
Transaction in this portion of the place has become headache. We are compelled to use motorcycle commonly know as ‘ Okada’ as our key supply of transportation. A person can envision the chance concerned
Our local community lacks community bathroom facilities. This is creating unhealthiness in the surroundings”
The Queen Mother of Gomoa Odumasi, Nana Ekua Munkuwaa suggested the youth from harmful life-style that would wreck their long term.
She also suggested parents to take advantage of the Absolutely free SHS to encourage their small children to achieve official education
Nene Olepeme Sackinor Nanor I, Chief of Suisi Okuenya and Adaduili Kworsi
Two chiefs in the ManyaKrobo Common Location of the japanese region, are urging teens and the youth to remain absent from drug dependancy, amorous practices and other social vices during the festive season.
Nene Olepeme Sackinor Nanor I, Main of Suisi Okuenya and Adaduili Kworsi, Kodjonya and Nene Sipim Narh Tekpertey II of Aklomuase say if the youth of now look for to develop into dependable foreseeable future leaders of the country, it will involve that, they keep absent from all varieties of social vices that will lead them into destruction, specifically all through the yuletide and New Calendar year functions which youthful folks have embraced as an avenue to engage in impropriety.
“Stay absent from drug abuse. Now, men and women feel that, it is section of regular everyday living to smoke and consume but this should really be discouraged specifically all through this festive year,” reported Nene OlepemeSackinorNanor Iat his palace as section of his caution to the citizenry through the festive season.
Nene Sipim Narh Tekpertey II also known as on the youth, especially Christians, to eschew adverse tactics that had been inappropriate for the Christmas and New Year things to do.
Speaking in separate interviews, the chiefs have been unanimous in assumed as they cautioned young guys and girls to desist from these ungodly tactics.
It’s a sad actuality that a lot more accidents are recorded particularly through festive seasons, the a lot more purpose the two notable chiefs have additionally appealed to motorists to be further cautious on the streets to make the Christmas holiday seasons incident-free of charge.
Nene Sipim Narh Tekpertey II advised this portal that it was unacceptable the spate of auto crashes and the attendant decline of life and residence, introducing that anything possible ought to be performed to ensure accident absolutely free – prior to, through and after the Yuletide.
According to Nene Olepeme Sackinor Nanor I, what was additional disturbing was the simple fact that most of the crashes have been the consequence of human mistake – rushing, drink driving, absence of routine maintenance, poor roadways and disregard for highway signals and markings.
The chiefs claimed this could not be authorized to continue on and that there was the want to enforce self-control, introducing that various Transportation Unions ought to step up their road protection education and learning strategies to assist restore some degree of sanity and guarantee travelers of their basic safety and appealed to other transportation associations to sign up for palms to lessen accidents.
They thus known as on the Law enforcement Motor Traffic and Transportation Unit (MTTU) to phase up highway patrols and provide to justice offending motorists to guide to conserve human lives.
Nene Olepeme Sackinor Nanor I recommended police staff of the Odumase-Law enforcement Command for their endeavours in tackling criminal offense in the municipality.
This he reported, experienced ensured that Krobo roadways were now no cost of numerous felony pursuits such as armed robberies which hitherto have been recorded rampantly on the streets.
Dancehall act, Stonebwoy following been named as Sapashini in 2016 has returned to Tamale for his Bhim Live performance and has paid out courtesy call on some Chiefs of Tamale at the Gbewa Palace on Thursday.
The Chiefs fortunately gained Stonebwoy and prayed for him to have a sucessful Live performance this Saturday.
Stonebwoy’s PR took to his Twitter site and tweeted
“Many thanks to the very good men and women of Tamale & Yendi for the warm reception prolonged to @stonebwoyb now. Numerous thanks to the Amusement Main, Dagbon Dema-Naa , for leading the staff to the Gbewaa Palace to pay homage to Ya-Na Abukari Mahama II. See you on Saturday #BhimConcert
Thanks to the great individuals of Tamale & Yendi for the warm reception prolonged to @stonebwoyb these days. Many thanks to the Entertainment Chief, Dagbon Dema-Naa , for leading the workforce to the Gbewaa Palace to spend homage to Ya-Na Abukari Mahama II. See you on Saturday🔥#BhimConcertpic.twitter.com/ibefZTsflk
The Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC), in a stakeholder engagement on Wednesday 18th December with the Western Regional Residence of Chiefs, has described the Corporation’s CSR mandate as managed and executed by the GNPC Basis in Takoradi.
At the assembly held at the Greatest Western Atlantic Resort, Board Chairman of the Corporation and leader of delegation, Hon. Freddie Blay, stressed that GNPC’s CSR functions are a quintessential section of its main operations as standard company apply requires the will need to develop and assist communities from which businesses run.
Considering GNPC’s exceptional purpose in the power sector, it is even additional instructive that it purchases its social license to operate from communities and the men and women inside its creation enclave and Ghana as a total. This he said, is completed by carefully planning and rolling out social intervention programmes and jobs, that relieve the plight of communities and people.
He called for better collaboration with the chiefs and their people as the Corporation proceeds to assure that Ghanaians acquire direct gains from Ghana’s oil and fuel exploration.
The Chiefs ended up taken through the enterprise of GNPC for 2019 which integrated the upstream strides and issues, the financials of the overall body corporate, the gains in the Jubilee-Ten-Sankofa and Voltain Fields, and the milestone successes in Corporate Social Expense.
Typical Supervisor – Sustainability, Dr. Kwame Baah-Nuakoh and the Govt Director of the GNPC Foundation, Dr. Dominic Eduah, highlighted the many tasks and existence changing social interventions carried out by GNPC in 2019, the optimistic suggestions been given from beneficiaries as perfectly as the projections for 2020.
The two Speakers declared 2020 as “GNPC 12 months of Projects” with each region in Ghana anticipated to advantage from GNPC’s jobs.
Led by the President of the Western Regional Household of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, the eminent classic leaders on their aspect, lauded the Foundation’s endeavours and the huge influence it has had on communities and persons of the Western and Western North Areas as a result of the provision of various initiatives that include social infrastructure these types of as classroom blocks, sanitary services, potable water, as very well as educational scholarships and other livelihood assistance programmes. They described the interaction as the very best stakeholder engagement they have been a portion of.
Pledging their steady assistance for GNPC’s company as a national oil operator, the chiefs also took the chance to present quite a few requests which would be analyzed for thought.
Other associates of the GNPC delegation were being the Performing Main Operating Officer, James Yamoah, the, Standard Supervisor, Legal & HR, Nana Osei Bonsu, Accounting & Reporting Supervisor, Kwesi Krasi Eyiah, Development & Reporting Manager, Victor Sunlight-Attah, Performing Corporate Method Manager, Albert Akowuah and Deputy Supervisor, Accounting & Reporting, Prosper Ahiakonu.
The Western Regional Property of Chiefs is demanding the fast reinstatement of Omanhene of the Sefwi Anhwianso, Ogyeahohor Yaw Gyebi II who was been eliminated as the chairman of the Governance and Growth Committee of the Countrywide Home of Chiefs (NHC).
He was taken off final 7 days for publicly criticising a unanimous final decision by the Nationwide Property of Chiefs.
But the Standing Committee of the Western Regional Home of Chiefs say Ogyeahohor’s removal is an affront to the customary integrity of the chieftaincy institution as nicely as the doctrine of purely natural justice.
Paramount Chief of Wassa Amenfi Traditional Council, Tetrete Akuamoah Sekyim II in a statement on behalf of the Regional Residence of Chiefs proposed the action taken in opposition to Ogyeahohor was finished to publicly ridicule him and harm his popularity.
In any other case, he contended, the NHC in order to steer clear of rancour and in the desire of harmony, dealt with the make any difference in-camera.
The NHC on December 12 introduced the elimination of Ogyeahohor as the chairman of the Governance and Advancement Committee of the House with instant result.
In accordance to the NHC, it was the 2nd time Ogyeahohor had absent public to criticise a unanimous decision taken by the Residence.
Recounting the procedures that led to the issuance of a assertion by the National House of Chiefs (NHC) on why partisan politics should be turned down at neighborhood stage elections and the subsequent general public pronouncements by Ogyeahohor Yaw Gyebi II in disagreement with the situation of the Residence, the President of the NHC, the Agbogbomefia Togbe Afede XIV reported the reactions by Ogyeahohor Yaw Gyebi, who is also the President of the Western Regional Household of Chiefs was unfortunate, misleading and typically untrue.
Togbe Afede who was speaking at the ultimate meeting of the Household for the year in Kumasi on December 12 said subsequent comprehensive conversations on the subject by associates, it was referred to the Governance and Progress Committee of which Ogyeahoho Gyebi was the chairman.
According to Togbe Afede, the issue was referred to the committee on two events, thus, it was improper for Ogyeahohor Gyebi to have explained he knew nothing about it and that associates ended up not consulted.
12, GNA – The chiefs and elders of Ajena in the Asuogyaman District in the
Jap Area are saying ownership of the land earmarked for the
design of the Mpakdan Inland Port along the Volta Lake.
At a press conference
arranged by the chiefs and elders of Ajena who most popular to connect with by themselves as
Ajena-Tafoman alleged that they are the entrepreneurs of the land and demanded that
they need to be consulted on all concerns relating to the Mpakadan Inland Port
Speaking at the
press meeting on behalf of the Chiefs and elders, Mr Kwaku Danso reported they
are not towards the proposed inland port at Mpakadan as some persons are
wrongly speculating but only want to assert what was theirs.
Mr Danso demanded
that the chiefs and elders of Ajena must be consulted just before the start of the
development of the inland port.
He claimed that they
are the owners of the land at Mpakadan and not the men and women of Akwamufie.
Mr Danso said the
Ministry of Railways, Ghana Port and Habour Authority and the Volta River
Authority (VRA) had overlooked them in all negotiations in relation to the
acquisition of the land for the inland harbor and as a end result the chiefs and
elders of Ajena had prepared a number of letters to remind people institutions about
the blunder but they have not responded and continue on to deal with Akwamu
He mentioned the chiefs
and elders of Ajena had for that reason submitted a publish at the Koforidua Higher Court docket on
the difficulty for resolution.
Mr Danso alleged
that the chiefs and elders of Ajena have read an unconfirmed rumor that the
Akwamu Conventional Council had threatened that they would be sending land
guards to safeguard the land earmarked for the inland port when construction commences and threatened that if Akwamufie goes on to put into action the threat,
the youth of Ajena would resist them.
Koforidua, Dec. 4,
GNA – The Okyenhene Osagyefuo Amotia Ofori-Panin has identified as for inclusion and
empowerment of traditional authorities in area governanace to help chiefs
enjoy a major part in economic emancipation and development of their
He mentioned progressive
chiefs had helped in the provision of vital desires of their commmunties and
contributed to the economic development of their men and women.
Okyenhene who is the
President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs was speaking at the end of
yr assembly of the household at Koforidua.
He said standard
rulers have further knowledge of the worries and aspirations of the persons in
their traditional area and when presented the possibility and aid could
mobilize their people for the frequent good.
He reported the
advancement of the place is sluggish mainly because of above focus of electricity and
assets in Accra.
Ofori-Panin appealed to all politicians who would be taking part in the 2020
elections to carry out decent strategies devoid of insults.
He also known as on
the political leaders to information their supporters not to do anything at all that could
disturb the peace just before, during and immediately after the elections.
to the media to be circumspect in their reportage and prevent partisan reporting
and should spot the curiosity of the nation over all matters.
The Deputy Eastern
Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Nuertey Ayertey appealed to the Regional Dwelling of
Chiefs to enable resolve the quite a few chieftaincy disputes in the area.
He explained that
the disputes are possessing damaging impact on the improvement of the area.
Mr Ayertey appealed
to the regular rulers in the region to collaborate with state institutions
to end unlawful mining, illegal logging and sand winning which are causing the
destruction of the atmosphere in the area.
The Director of the
Institute for Nearby Governing administration, Dr Nicholas Awortwe, described the postponement
of the referendum on the repeal of report 55 clause a few as a lost
option for reforms in the neighborhood governance program in the place.
The Omanhen of Nsein Common Space in the Western Area, Awulae Agyefi Kwame II, has described as regrettable the statement issued by the President of the Countrywide Property of Chiefs that Nananom were in help of a No vote in the impending Referendum.
Awulae Kwame II, who is a Pioneer Member of the National Property of Chiefs, said that by virtue of the posture of the President of the National Residence Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, built him an computerized member of the Council of State which recommended the President of the Republic of Ghana on essential national troubles these as the Referendum.
Awulae Kwame II who expressed his disappointment in a Information statement issued and copied to the GNA in Takoradi indicated that the President of the National House of Chiefs was not an Govt President of the Property but an elected President and was consequently not clothed with the electric power to imagine solely for Nananom.
He claimed for the President of the National House of Chiefs to have issued the statement devoid of the because of procedure of permitting the regional property of chiefs to deliberate on the forthcoming Referendum, stating the purported place of Nananom was incorrect.
The Nsein Omanhen discussed that with the establishment of the National Home of Chiefs, each and every issue that came just before Nananom experienced to be mentioned at the Regional amount ahead of deliberation.
He explained every Area was specified two months to deliberate on any referred problem and if a Regional Property of Chiefs did not give its suggestion in the two weeks it was deemed that the reported house was not fascinated in the issue.
Awulae Kwame II mentioned with issue that with the latest referendum challenge, the National Residence of Chiefs did not notify the Regional Residence of chiefs to permit them deliberate on the challenge, only for the President of the National Home of Chiefs to appear up with the statement as if adequate consultations had been completed.
He in this regard stressed that, soon after broader consultations, users of the Regional Home of Chiefs predicted the National Residence of chiefs to appear out with a assertion on the challenge.
Supplying a historic background to the establishment of the National Household of Chiefs, Awulae Agyefi Kwame II explained ahead of the 1966 coup, there were being chieftaincy blocs in the country produced up of the chiefs in the Northern section of the region, with their provincial headquarters in Tamale , Ashanti chiefs experienced their provincial headquarters in Kumasi, though chiefs in the Western, Central, Japanese Increased Accra and Volta regions had a joint provincial Council headquarters in Dodowa.
He explained later, Nananom felt that the numerous blocs did not augur effectively for unity between them, hence the Countrywide Residence of Chiefs was designed in 1971 pursuant to the chieftaincy Act,1971 (Act 370).
According to him, the membership of the Countrywide home chiefs comprised of 5 notable Paramount chiefs from just about every region of the place.
He stated with the institution of the Countrywide Residence of Chiefs, each and every problem that went before Nananom was talked over at the Regional stage in advance of deliberations.
It is recalled that at the weekend, Togbe Afede XIV President, National Dwelling of Chiefs, urged Ghanaians to vote No in the approaching Referendum.
The memorandum submitted by the Legal Committee of the National House of Chiefs did not exactly recommend or advocate for a “NO” vote in the upcoming December 17 referendum on partisan politics in district level elections.
The President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV together with his Vice Daasebre Nana Kweku Ewusi VII authored a contentious document last week aligning with the proponents of a NO vote.
The statement released on Friday made reference to a memorandum by the Legal Committee of the House, which it claimed, recommended that chiefs should “strongly objects to the proposal that membership of local assemblies should exclusively comprise representatives of political parties, as in the case of Parliament”.
This position appears to have divided the front of the National House of Chiefs.
Governance Committee Chairman of the National House of Chiefs, Nana Ogyeahohoo Yaw Gyebi II, questioned the statement by Togbe Afede and the Vice and said “it is never true” that the House met on the issue.
The President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, Okyenhene Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin is also asking Ghanaians to vote YES in the referendum. READ MORE HERE
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Legal Committee of National House of Chiefs, Nana Susubribi Krobea Asante, told 3news.com among others, “The burden of my submission was to make a case for the effective representation of chiefs as major stakeholders in local government in district, municipal and metropolitan assemblies.
“2. That 30% of membership of these assemblies should be ceded to traditional authorities.
“3. That local assemblies should not exclusively comprise representatives of political parties as in Parliament”.
He further made it clear that the memorandum “did not argue for a ‘NO’ vote in the referendum. The memorandum in fact offered advice on the technical and procedural aspects of the proposed local government reforms.”
However, Nana Susubribi Krobea Asante’s memorandum to the House urged the chiefs to “strongly object to the notion that membership of local assemblies should exclusively comprise representatives of political parties, as in Parliament”.
Below is the unedited memorandum submitted on January 22, 2019
THE PROPOSED LOCAL GOVERNMENT REFORMS AND CHIEFTAINCY
The National House of Chiefs supports the current policy of Government to effect constitutional amendments to ensure that chief executives of District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies would be elected not appointed officials.
However, the current focus is on holding a referendum to amend Article 55(3) of the Constitution to permit the introduction of partisan politics into local government. While in principle, this should not be objectionable to the National House of Chiefs, we should take all appropriate steps to ensure that chiefs are not excluded from decision-making in an area where we are major stakeholders. The current Constitution and other formal structures of governance have marginalized chiefs not only at the level of national government, but also at the level of local government. Whatever the rationale may be for excluding chiefs from Parliament, there is no justification whatsoever for imposing any constitutional and legal prohibitions or limitations on the participation of chiefs in all aspects of local government.
There is no denying that chiefs play a crucial developmental role at the local or regional levels. This is not an extravagant claim of chiefs. It is a fact acknowledged by ministers of state and other officials and even NGOs who continually appeal to chiefs to assist in every development or governance initiative. At our recent meeting with the President at Jubilee House, the President himself acknowledged that Government and chiefs are engaged in the same business of development and good governance and that we should find ways of more effectively collaborating in these fields.
It would be evident to any objective observer that chiefs participate not only in initiating and executing development projects but also in the settlement of disputes, the maintenance of peace the mobilization of people for development and the conduct of campaigns against socially and economically harmful practices, such as galamsey, environmental degradation, and chain saw operations.
THE CURRENT CONSTITUTIONAL POSITION
The Committee of Experts charged with the formulation of proposals for the 1992 Constitution echoed the main themes of the 1969 and 1979 Constitutions on the recognition and guarantee of chieftaincy predicated on the central findings of previous constitutional commissions as to its importance and resilience in our social and cultural life and its role as a vital stabilizing factor. It, therefore, recommended the restoration of the relevant provisions of previous Constitutions which not only guaranteed chieftaincy but also prohibited the introduction of any laws by Parliament to invest the Government with the power of recognizing or withdrawing recognition from chiefs.
It also went further to recommend that appropriate steps be taken to ensure the effective participation of chiefs in local government.
The Committee pointed out that the relationship between the District Assemblies and traditional authorities was ill-defined. The Committee therefore urged the Consultative Assembly to find ways for the effective participation of traditional authorities in the work of the District Assemblies.
To this end, the Committee made the following proposals for the consideration of the Consultative Assembly:
The appointment of a paramount chief as the ceremonial head of the Assembly, with the right of address;
Setting aside a certain percentage of the total membership of the Assembly for traditional authorities and
Cooptation of a number of chiefs as members of the Assembly, without the right of vote
The Committee did not consider any of the above measures to be incompatible with democracy.
Unfortunately, the Consultative Assembly did not heed the recommendations of the Committee of Experts. The result is that the 1992 Constitution does not integrate traditional authorities with the local government system. Unlike the Constitutions of 1957, 1969 and 1979, the current Constitution does not provide for institutional representation of Chiefs in District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies nor does it properly define the relationship between traditional bodies and local authorities. The only formal link between the local government structure and traditional authorities is the representation of Regional Houses of Chiefs in Regional Coordinating Councils.
This exclusion ignores the powerful case for integration of the two systems in the Akufo Addo Commission Report and the recommendations in the Report of the Committee of Experts Report on Proposals for the 1992 Constitution.
Aryee (2006) reviews the arguments for and against the representation of chiefs in District and other Assemblies and ends with the following conclusion:
The arguments advanced for and against institutional representation of chiefs in the District Assemblies and the sub-district structures show that there is a compelling case for institutional representation. The relationship between chieftaincy and the District Assemblies and their sub-district structures is ill defined, unclear and imprecise. The positive potential of chieftaincy as a means of mobilizing the people for meaningful development cannot be over-emphasized. Indeed, as earlier on pointed out, local governance in Ghana used to revolve around the institution of chieftaincy. In spite of certain features, which have often given cause for serious concern and the not-altogether-satisfactory record of some chiefs in national life, the institution of chieftaincy has an important and indispensable role in the District Assemblies and the sub-district structures.
Indeed the developmental role of chiefs makes such participation eminently appropriate. Yet the Constitution does not expressly provide for the representation of chiefs in District Assemblies, although their participation as Government appointees in such Assemblies is not precluded. The only pertinent provision in this regard is article 242 (d) which empowers the President, in consultation with the traditional authorities and other interest groups, to appoint up to 30% of the members of the District Assemblies. This does not guarantee the representation of chiefs in the Assemblies. Chiefs are only entitled to consultation in the process of appointment. The practical reality is that the recommendations of traditional authorities are largely ignored, and while some chiefs serve as members or even presiding members in some District Assemblies, chiefs are rather poorly represented in most District Assemblies. This is clearly unsatisfactory since chiefs have a critical interest in the determination and implementation of development projects in the areas of their responsibility. It would, therefore, be highly desirable to promulgate a constitutional amendment which unambiguously provides for the effective representation of chiefs in District Assemblies and other Assemblies. It has in fact been suggested that the 30% of membership now appointed by Government should be ceded to chiefs.
It is recommended that the representation of chiefs in District, Metropolitan and Municipal Assemblies could be affected by allocating 30% of the membership of such Assemblies to traditional authorities. Such a provision could replace the current system of Presidential appointment of the said 30%. The allocation of this percentage to traditional authorities would enable them to appoint not only chiefs but also knowledgeable and experienced citizens to ensure that the membership of the Assemblies is not dictated exclusively by partisan considerations, but is enriched by the inclusion of skilled personnel.
The House should strongly object to the notion that membership of local assemblies should exclusively comprise representatives of political parties, as in Parliament. The chiefs, as pointed out, are legitimate stakeholders not only by virtue of their status as development partners but also as owners of stool lands in trust for their subjects who contribute 55% of the revenues accruing from stool lands to local assemblies. By every democratic principle, traditional authorities must have a legitimate say in the use of such resources and the selection and location of development projects financed by such revenues.
The marginalization of chiefs in governance has no rationale beyond enhancing the comfort zone of the political class. It is also a legacy of the struggle of the intelligentsia and political activists against chiefs for political power during the colonial and immediate post-colonial era. This struggle is now meaningless with the installation of representative governments. But the introduction of an electoral system should not be used to deprive traditional authorities of their role as effective partners in development and governance.
It has to be pointed out incidentally, that the introduction of partisan policies into local government should not be accompanied by the unwholesome political culture associated with partisan politics.
The incidence of exclusiveness, the unhealthy polarization of all issues, the marginalization of citizens who do not belong to the ruling party and the exclusion, of skilled manpower on partisan grounds would be detrimental to development and good governance at the local level. Currently the appointment of 30% Government nominees to local assemblies has been totally vitiated by partisan politics, with the result that appointments are determined by party membership to the virtual exclusion of traditional authorities which are usually allocated a minimal representation by the executive of the ruling party – a total travesty of principles of good governance. It has been argued that the proposed local government reforms would ultimately lead to inclusive government in the country. This is only marginally valid in the sense that the election of chief executives of districts etc. could result in the coexistence of central government and local government controlled by different political parties. However, at the local level experience clearly demonstrates that the culture of “winner takes all” would prevail to the detriment of united development endeavours.
It should also be pointed out that effective decentralization would be adversely affected by the control of local parties by the headquarters of national political parties.
TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF THE PROPOSED REFORMS AND THE ROAD MAP
I note that the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is preoccupied with the amendment of Article 55(3) of the Constitution because it is an entrenched provision of the Constitution. Article 55(3) prohibits the sponsoring by political parties of candidates for election to District Assemblies or Local Government Units.
I am, however, surprised that the Roadmap or indeed the IDEG paper hardly mentions crucial provisions of the Constitution which have to be amended in order to ensure the full democratization of the local government system even though they are not entrenched. The Roadmap does indeed mention the subsequent amendment of Article 243 and the Local Government Act 2016 (Act 936). But, in my submission, a paper or policy dealing with the introduction of democratic processes into local government should address upfront all the relevant provisions of the Constitution, which are as follows:
The above-mentioned Article 55(3)
Article 242(d) which includes in the membership of District Assemblies, “other members not being more than thirty percent of all the members of the District Assembly, appointed by the President in consultation with the traditional authorities and other interest groups in the district.”
Article 243 (1) which reads; “There shall be a District chief Executive for every district who shall be appointed by the President with the prior approval of not less than two-thirds majority of members of the Assembly present and voting at the meeting.” and
Article 248 which complements Article 55(3) in the following emphatic terms:
A candidate seeking election to a District Assembly or any lower local government unit shall present himself to the electorate as an individual, and shall not use any symbol associated with any political party.
A political party shall not endorse, sponsor, offer a platform to or in any way campaign for or against a candidate seeking election to a District Assembly or any lower local government unit.
Although the above additional provisions are not entrenched, they should be fully addressed and catered for in the main Roadmap or any policy paper dealing with the reform of the local government system. It must be stressed that the amendment of Article 55(3) would not, technically speaking, amend any of the crucial provisions of Chapter Twenty i.e. Decentralization and Local Government, which constitute impediments to the inauguration of a fully democratic local government. These provisions are not consequential matters but key aspects which need to be addressed holistically in a general review of policy on local governance. Moreover, there can be no consequential amendment of the Local Government Act without a prior amendment of all of the above constitutional provisions.
This means that the entire local government reform programme would probably take a much longer period than is envisaged in the Roadmap. As I understand the strategy, a referendum will be conducted this year to amend Article 55(3). This will be followed by the so-called “consequential” amendments of the other provisions of the Constitution and the Local Government Act later. However, the Local Government Act cannot be amended until Article 242(d), 243(1) and 248 have been amended.
It is therefore impractical to design a roadmap which does not make provision for an intervening period between the amendment of the entrenched constitutional provisions and the Local Government Act.
It is manifestly inaccurate to declare to the general public that the amendment of Article 55(3) would automatically result in the introduction of the system of electing chief executives of Local Assemblies. The true constitutional position is that the amendment of Article 55(3) would achieve no such objective without the amendment of Article 248 which complements Article 55(3) and Article 243(1) which governs the appointment of District, Municipal and Metropolitan Chief Executives. The democratization of local government would also be incomplete without the repeal of Article 242(d) which provides for presidential appointment of 30% of the membership of District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies.
At his recent lecture delivered on Constitution Day, Professor Bondzi-Simpson, recommended the promulgation of a Government White Paper to address all aspects of local government reforms. I would strongly endorse the issuance of such a policy paper which addresses all aspects of local government reforms including the representation of chiefs, a comprehensive analysis of the constitutional steps, the allocation of resources to local authorities and the reduction of central government control over local authorities.
Nana S. Krobea Asante
Chairman of the Committee of Legal Affairs
of the National House of Chiefs
22nd January 2019
 I was the Chairman of the Committee of Experts
 Professor Atsu Aryee, Some Thoughts on the Institutional Representation of Chiefs in the District Assemblies and the Sub-District structure” in Chieftaincy in Ghana Ed. Odotei and Awedoba, Sub Saharan Publishers 2006 Op. cit P. 61.
The Head of Local Federal government Services, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur has explained as confusion the seeming division within just the Nationwide House of Chiefs above the countrywide referendum.
The Referendum which seeks to amend Post 55 (3) to empower political parties to sponsor candidates for election to District Assemblies or Decrease Neighborhood Govt Models has been greeted with blended reactions from a selection of interest groups.
Now, the law, in Article 243 (1) of the 1992 Constitution, claims District Chief Executives for each individual Metropolitan, Municipal and District are to be appointed by the President with the prior approval of not considerably less than two-thirds greater part of associates of the assembly present and voting at the assembly.
A push assertion produced on Friday, on the letterhead of the Home of Chiefs and beneath the signatures of the President, Togbe Afede XIV and Vice President Daasebre Nana Kwebu Ewusi VII reported the Residence was against the government’s placement on the December 17 referendum.
According to the statement, the Property of Chiefs is anxious about the adverse outcomes of partisan politics on nearby degree improvement if this referendum goes through.
Significantly less than a working day immediately after the release, the Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Nationwide Residence of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II of Sefwi Anhwiaso in the Western Location states the Statement does not signify the collective look at of the Home of Chiefs.
Speaking on the Monday edition of Anopa Nkomo with Kwame Tutu on Accra based mostly Kingdom FM 107.7, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur known as for concerted efforts and intensified the campaign to reach a convincing ‘YES’ vote in the impending referendum on December 17, 2019.
He debunked the assert that electing MMDCEs will divide the state thereby make a chaotic method and corruption at assemblies but rather reinforce nearby governance and hasten development and enhancement.
“It is to improve grassroots democracy and excellent governance, New Patriotic Get together and Countrywide Democratic Congress users are section of assemblies and variety parliament I do not feel it is heading to divide the nation, referendum is to pave the way for the election of MMDCEs and also make it possible for for political participation at community degree elections,” Dr. Nana Ato Arthur posited.
The Countrywide Dwelling of Chiefs has explained any suggestion that the proposed referendum to enable partisan politics in neighborhood elections was not reviewed by the house, as “not only dishonest but wanton mischief”.
The Property explained this in a statement issued Saturday, November 16, to refute claims that its final decision to again a ‘NO’ vote in opposition to the December 17 referendum to allow for partisan politics in neighborhood governing administration, was not a collective one of the Chiefs.
Before in a statement dated November 14, the Property claimed, centered on recommendations of its Lawful Committee it “strongly objects to the proposal that membership of regional assemblies should really exclusively comprise representatives of political parties, as in the scenario of Parliament.”
“We are as a result advocating for the outright rejection of the proposal to amend Short article 55 (3) of the constitution…”
Even so, the Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II of Sefwi Anhwiaso and the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, say the conclusion on the make a difference was not taken as a result of due system and consequently did not mirror the collective watch of the Residence of Chiefs.
According to both equally chiefs, they are unaware of any assembly held with such an agenda at the Nationwide Household of Chiefs and as reported by the Okyenhene, “the Standing Committee of the Nationwide Household of Chiefs has no document of deliberations on the subject.”
In this gentle, the Countrywide Residence of Chiefs has issued a assertion, detailing the numerous meetings and the consensus they arrived at, at the conclusion of people conferences.
In the statement signed jointly by Togbe Afede XIV and Daasebre Nana Kwebu Ewusi VII, President and Vice President, respectively, the Nationwide Household of Chiefs reported, “The proposed referendum to let partisan politics in our area elections was totally mentioned at the Countrywide Household of Chiefs, the two by the Standing committee and the Standard Assembly.”
In accordance to the assertion, the Chairman of the Committee on Lawful Affairs, Nana Krobea Asante presented a report on the issue of the referendum to the household, which shaped the foundation of the new press assertion, as it was adopted as the place of the Home.
The report advised that “The residence need to strongly object to the idea that membership of community assemblies really should exclusively comprise representatives of political get-togethers, as in parliament.”
The Nationwide Household of Chiefs says the perspective that the proposed December 17 referendum to enable partisan politics in nearby elections was not reviewed at their meetings, is not only dishonest but wanton mischief.
The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has mentioned the statement by the National Property of Chiefs declaring assistance for a ‘No’ vote in the upcoming referenudm on area level elections does not depict Chiefs of the Home.
In accordance to him, the numerous leaders of the regional bodies of the House have no knowledge of the statement.
“The Committee of the Complete Property has not been informed or satisfied on the matter in concern. The Management of the a variety of Regional Household of Chiefs have not been informed or consulted,” the Paramount Chief said in a statement.
The assertion extra:“The community should really assume from Nananom [National House of Chiefs] in the coming times, a communiqué on this critical nationwide concern in line with set up consultative processes”.
A assertion signed by the President of the Household of Chiefs, the Agbogbomefia of the Asogli condition, Togbe Afede XIV, Friday the regular rulers said: ” Although we are mindful that the election of chief executives of districts and many others. could outcome in the coexistence of central governing administration and area governing administration managed by distinctive political functions, working experience obviously demonstrates that the tradition of “winner requires all” would prevail at the stage to the detriment of our united growth endeavors.
“We are worried that the introduction of partisan policies into area govt will be accompanied by the unwholesome political lifestyle and the corruption connected with partisan politics, which has already done a good deal of harm to our culture and economy”.
The assertion extra: “the incidence of exclusiveness, the harmful politicization of all problems, the marginalization of citizens who do not belong to the ruling get together. and the exclusion of qualified manpower on partisan grounds would be detrimental to progress and great governance at thecal stage.
“We want the citizenry to know that the referendum is meant to permit unbridled partisan politics into local govt and so the merits of the proposed reform need to be assessed on that basis. We strongly advocate its rejection by the citizens”.
In the meantime, President Akufo-Addo and former electoral commission chairperson Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan have openly declared support for a ‘yes’ vote on the referendum.