The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs (MCTA) would like to correct a wrong impression created by a feature article published on page 9 of The Ghanaian Times newspaper of Monday, April 13, 2015 for two reasons.
That the writer, Mr. Nelson Kofi Akatey, is no longer the Public Relation Officer of the Ministry as represented to the public. He has been re-posted to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture since February 2, 2015.
In paragraph 10 of the feature, reference was made to an incident published in the Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 edition of the Daily Guide, where the Chief of Napkonzo in the Tamale Metropolis allegedly flogged a head teacher of a local school in the area in front of the school children for refusing to attend his call.
The Ministry would like to draw the attention of the public that at a press conference organised at the conference room of the MCTA on Friday, March 20th, 2015 the Minister, Dr. Henry Seidu Daannaa addressed the issue and also made reference to the Chieftaincy Amendment Bill 2013 which is under consideration by parliament.
He also cautioned chiefs to desist from using violence to summon their subjects who refuse to attend their call since it is a criminal offence punishable by law. He urged the public to report to the police any chief who uses violence on anyone in their traditional area.
At the press conference, Dr. Daannaa, addressed current happenings as regards chieftaincy disputes. He asked all parties in chieftaincy related issues to resort to peaceful settlement through the appropriate channels such as the Traditional Councils, Regional Houses of Chiefs, the National House of Chiefs as well as the Supreme Court.
He said the ministry was working hard to project and promote the institution in a dignifying manner as well as promote the elimination of negative traditional practices that hamper our democracy.