Traditional leaders and the Ga South Municipal Security Council have resolved to put on hold, the installation of all new chiefs in the municipality until after the November 7 general elections.
This is because they do not want any chieftaincy disputes to be used as a conduit to foment trouble during the electioneering campaigns.
This decision was taken in Accra at a peace forum organised by the municipal assembly, between the council and the traditional leaders.
The forum, aimed at strategising on ways to ensure peace in the municipality during this election year, was attended by traditional leaders from Gbawe, Weija, Bortianor, Ngleshie Amanfro, Domeabra, Langma, Kokrobite, Oshea, Obom, Ashalaja, Oblogo and Danchira.
Mr. Jerry Akwei Thompson, the Municipal Chief Executive, noted that the installation of chiefs had been a major source of conflicts in the municipality, and it was prudent to halt such installations this year.
He charged the chiefs to impress on their subjects especially the youth not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to cause trouble before, during and after the elections.
Mr Thompson who is the chairman of DISEC also advised them to use the Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR) system to settle all disputes among themselves and not to resort to conflicts.
He urged them to have confidence in the police and collaborate with them to maintain the peace in the municipality.
Chief Superintendent Kwasi Annor Arhin, the Divisional Commander for Weija identified chieftaincy disputes and the troubles created by landguards as major challenges to the peace in the municipality.
He blamed the traditional leaders for the rise in chieftaincy disputes and the landguard problem, revealing that, some chiefs had engaged in multiple sales of lands which are not theirs and for which lands they had recruited landguards to protect.
“You know that the land doesn’t belong to you, yet you sell them. I blame you chiefs and elders for the multiple sales of land in this municipality. This act won’t bring peace to your area. The police won’t allow multiple sales of land, we shall deal with any chief who engages in such acts according to the law,” he warned.
Chief Supt. Arhin noted that security was a shared responsibility and urged the chiefs to assist the police to “eliminate those who will foment trouble in our areas” to face the law.
He reiterated the police’s commitment to enforce the law and provide adequate security for the elections.
He advised them to avoid abusive language, insults and name-calling during the electioneering periods so as not to inflame tensions in the municipality.
By Joseph Edu Archison