Minister worried about chieftaincy disputes in Brong Ahafo

ChiefsNana Bofo Bene IV, Paramount Chief of Dwenem Awasu, in Brong-Ahafo Region, has observed that nomination of succession to vacant stools was the major cause to chieftaincy disputes in the country.

He noted that some queen mothers mandated to nominate qualified royals to occupy vacant stools, set aside laid down procedures or customary succession laws in their traditional areas, resulting in chieftaincy disputes.

Nana Bofo Bene, who is also the Vice President of the Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs (BARHOC), made the observation at an open forum at the first meeting of the Regional Coordinating Council for 2013, at Sunyani.

Mr Paul Evans Aidoo, Regional Minister, said: “The various chieftaincy disputes have left in their wake several traditional councils without substantive Paramount Chiefs. I, therefore, wish to take this opportunity to appeal to the BARHOC, the various traditional councils and our kingmakers to move the various processes forward towards the early resolution of these disputes”.

Mr Aidoo appealed to all parties whose cases were pending before the BARHOC or the law courts to exercise restraint and allow the institutions of State to arrive at amicable and peaceful resolution of the cases.

He said chieftaincy and land disputes constituted security challenge in the region, and lamented that there were about 54 chieftaincy disputes before the Judicial Committee of the BARHOC.

Mr Aido said the dispute regarding the admittance of three Tano-Subin chiefs,  Nana Baffour Asare II, Tuobodomhene, Nana Oduro Boamah (Tanoboasehene) and Nana Kwaku Yiadom Boakye (Tanosohene)  as members of BARHOC was a threat to peace.

Mr Aidoo said the matter was pending and needed continuous monitoring.

Source: GNA

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