Nat’l House of Chiefs begins codification of succession lines for stools, skins

Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI

Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI

The National House of Chiefs is codifying the lines of succession for the various stools and skins of all the communities and paramountcies, the Osu Mantse and President of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs (GARHC), Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, has disclosed.

The aim of the project, known as “Ascertainment of customary laws and practices”, is to streamline the lines of succession of chiefs and eliminate the power struggle, and sometimes violent clashes that take place in some communities before a vacant stool or skin is filled.

Nii Dowuona revealed this at a press briefing here last Thursday, which was used by the GARHC to condemn the gruesome murder of the Mankralo of Prampram, Nene Atsure Benta III, on December 13, last year, at Appolonia in the Kpone-Katamanso Municipality of the Greater Accra Region whilst returning from a meeting of the house in Dodowa in his car.

Nii Dowuona was answering a question about efforts being made to eliminate chieftaincy disputes, and to ensure a peaceful transition of power from one generation to another.

The issue of chieftaincy dispute has led to chaos and deprived some communities in the country of development.

He said while the project was still in progress, there was the need for all to exercise patience and collaborate, bearing in mind that in the chieftaincy institution there were two major processes to be considered when installing a chief.

Nii Dowuona said: “the first is the traditional process which is left entirely to be defined by the king makers in the community because they are the custodians of the customary rites and practices, while the other is the statutory process, which is defined by laws and rules governing chieftaincy.”

He expressed the hope that very soon they would be able to codify all the customary practices and lines of succession in the whole country.

From GODFRED BLAY GIBBAH, Dodowa.

 

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