Stop tagging chiefs – Traditional ruler tells politicians

Traditional rulers
Traditional rulers

Nana Apata Kofi V, Chief of Gomoa Pomadze, has appealed to politicians to stop associating chiefs with political parties to ensure peace, stability and development of the country.

He said the constitution debarred chiefs from engaging in active politics and it was unacceptable for political party leaders and their supporters to accuse a traditional ruler of belonging to a political party.

Nana Apata Kofi said this at a durbar of chiefs and people of Gomoa Pomadze to climax their Annual Akwambo festival on Saturday.

He said chiefs supported governments of the day and this did not mean they belong to political parties.

Nana Apata Kofi said chiefs were agents of development in every community, they were custodians of the land and nobody could bypass them to undertake projects.

He said many development projects had been stalled in towns and villages because the chiefs had been tagged with party colours.

He appealed to politicians to desist from such behaviour, adding that this act would have negative impact on the progress of the nation.

Nana Apata Kofi expressed concern about the poor investments parents in the Gomoa East and Gomoa West were making in their children’s education and urged them to change for the better.

He appealed to Gomoa citizens who had migrated to forest areas to make cocoa farms to use some of the proceeds for their children’s education.

The chief said he was unhappy that a greater portion of the proceeds was used to buy expensive funeral cloths and other unnecessary things to the detriment of their children’s future.

Nana Apata Kofi said the chiefs and elders of Gomoa Pomadze had banned packed food (take away) at final funeral rites to reduce expenditure.

He said the Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Council had approved the bye-laws to ban cooking at funerals.

Source: GNA

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