…As She advocates for Truth, Fairness & Transparency
Nana Tambia IV
Chieftaincy has been one of the most revered age long institutions of mankind currently. Over the last few years, the chieftaincy institution has held the fort for us as people until the advent of democracy, which in itself has its own inherent challenges.
The chieftaincy institution has been held in sacrosanct reverence from generation to generation, and its practices, traditions and norms has been held intact even in current dispensation, as its recognition has been enshrined in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
It is however an open secret that the institution is bedeviled with numerous disputes and other vices that seeks to endanger the survival and sustenance of the institution, if not addressed.
Disputes that arise as a result of rightful succession and ownership of land in most cases threatens the entire peace of the nation. The infamous Dagbon chieftaincy dispute, Bunkprugu chieftaincy dispute, Akwamu, to mention a few are some of the notable ones that glaringly affects not only the peace and security of the country, but more so the financial and resource base of the country.
It is in the light of this that, Nana Tambia IV, the Divisional Queen mother of the Ngleshie Amanfro Traditional area has advocated for truth, fairness and transparency on the part of Chieftaincy bodies and policy makers in handling chieftaincy issues, and be pro-active and assertive in that regard.
She indicated that, Ghana is bedeviled with too many chieftaincy disputes, and this is as a result of lack of truth, transparency and fairness on the part of institutions constitutionally mandated to handle chieftaincy issues.
She also said the deliberate inaction by these institutions add sore to injury.
She explained that, chieftaincy succession is an age long tradition and practice which should be strictly adhered to. She said that, a community cannot just choose anybody to be a chief, or to fill a chieftaincy position.
She said the person should come from the original lineage, and it should be the turn of the person in relation to eligible people in line for that chieftaincy position.
She said, in no way should a town or a community allow just anybody who is not in the chieftaincy lineage, and who is not actually next in line to assume the position of chief.
She disclosed to The New Independent Newspaper in an exclusive interview that, because land has become a most sought after commodity, financially well to do individuals influence the chieftaincy process by using money to influence the choice and installation of chiefs.
She explained that when such phenomena occurs, people who know the tradition of the town, and people of the rightful lineage resist such moves, since it is always the case, that ‘heirs cannot walk bare-footed whilst slaves ride on horses’. This then develops into bitter tension packed disputes which eat into the resources and security of the state.
She blamed bodies such as the Traditional Councils, Regional and National Houses of Chiefs, the sector Ministry and other law enforcement bodies for in some cases deliberate lack of action, unfairness and dishonesty in handling most chieftaincy disputes, and this aggravates the already serious situation.
She added that chieftaincy cases are intentionally delayed unreasonably, knowing that justice delayed is justice denied. Others accept financial inducements and other inducements in order to thwart the truth.
She advised that all stakeholders in the Chieftaincy setup should be fair, balanced and honest in handling issues concerning chieftaincy in order for us to preserve the beautiful tradition handed to us by our fore-fathers, and even more so, to foster togetherness, cohesion and unity of purpose towards nation building.
A cost of GHC5, 000.00 was awarded in favor of the 1st Respondents against the Applicants.
The Honorable Court did a fantastic job by going ahead to look into the Supreme
Court Ruling itself and indicated that “HOWEVER A CAREFUL PERUSAL OF
THE SUPREME COURT RULING INDICATES THAT THE REQUIREMENTS
OF THE SAID SUPREME COURT RULING IS WHAT THE CAPE COAST
HIGH COURT SEEKS TO ENFORCE BY ITS MANDATORY ORDERS DATED 31st JULY, 2015”.
It went further, “THE SUPREME COURT RULING BY ITSELF DID NOT
ORDER THE RESPONDENTS TO DO ANYTHING AND CANNOT BE
APPLIED IN THE RULING OF THIS CONTEMPT PROCEEDINGS”.
The Court also went into the Order of Mandamus as follows: “THE
MANDATORY ORDER IS AMBIGUOUS”.
The Self-styled chief has since celebrated the Akwanbo Festival of the people of
Gomoa Fetteh in spite of the Judicial process ongoing in relation to the same
subject matter (the legality or otherwise of his chieftaincy)