Traditional Queenmothers from different parts of the country have warned of dire consequences if political leaders and their supporter do not desist from conflicts that can jeopardise the peace of the country.
They called on all political parties and their supporters to avoid conflicts before, during and after the elections, so that the nation would continue to enjoy peace.
The Queenmothers made the appeal during a courtesy call on the Management of New Times Corporation (NTC) on Thursday.
Under the umbrella of the Queenmothers Foundation, the president, Nana Ama Serwah Bonsu, queenmother, Offinso Kayeira in the Ashanti Region, spoke against the backdrop of heightened tension following clashes between some supporters of political parties, the intolerance and intimidation that is creeping into the political campaign.
She expressed their concern about the attitude of some political party supporters who provoked each other with insults and name-callings during phone-in-programmes.
They also accused some radio and television presenters who “deliberately knock the heads of political opponents together to create heated arguments”.
The queenmothers said, “if the media continue to carry and project the acrimonious utterances from politicians and it degenerates into war, children and women will suffer the most”.
They contended that, Ghana as a country, was privileged to have peace loving people and that nothing should be done to disturb the peace during the polls.
The queenmothers also admonished the Electoral Commission to organise a free, credible and fair polls that would be acceptable to all the political parties, even those who would lose.
Receiving them, the Managing Director of the New Times Corporation, Ms. Carol Annan commended their peace initiative, and urged them to continue to preach the peace message, in their areas of jurisdiction.
She urged them to also take up the mantle of educating the girl child by paying attention to their proper upbringing, to prevent teenage pregnancy.
The Managing Director assured the queenmothers that the NTC’s newspapers would be used to propagate their peace message across the length and breadth of the country.
The Editor of The Ghanaian Times, Mr. Dave Agbenu, admonished the queenmothers and chiefs not to engage in partisan politics by openly endorsing leaders of political parties.
He said chiefs and queenmothers were revered by their subjects and society at large, and should not descend into the murky arena of partisan politics to soil their image and reputation.
The Editor of The Spectator, Mrs. Tina Aforo-Yeboah, on her part, urged the queenmothers to educate the youth to eschew violence, and also let their voice be heard on other social issues
Mr. Alfred Koomson, Marketing Manager, and Mr. John Lawson, Technical Services Manager, also added their voices to the call on the queenmothers to continue the peace message, and urged them to do everything possible to ensure peace, before, during and after the December 7, polls.
The queenmothers included Nana Obrim Apreku I, Queenmother of Tapa Traditional Area, who is auditor of the foundation, Mama Noviede II of Sokpe in the Volta Region, Nana Akua Gyesiwaa I of Akropong Akwapim, Nana Kokbiwa-Akwa III of Bosome Kese in the Central Region.
The rest are Nana Afua Gyaamaa Pimsan II of Abesewa in the Ashanti Region, and Nana Tawiah Kyeraa I of Asante Akyem.
By Francis Xah