Broader consultation needed on referendum–Opuni-Frimpong

Reverend Dr Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong, a former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, has suggested to the government to postpone the scheduled referendum to allow for broader consultation.

“There is the need for the government to engage various stakeholders and have a broader discussion on the referendum before appealing to the citizenry to vote a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ since the current position of the various political parties on the referendum is gradually dividing the country and a broader consultation should be encouraged,” he explained.
Rev. Dr Opuni-Frimpong noted that “the citizenry should be educated, sensitised to create awareness on the referendum than allowing politicians to confuse us, but I believe if the government postpones the referendum and engages more, we will have a better appreciation of their position.”

The National House of Chiefs is on fire as the traditional rulers tear each other apart over their position on the upcoming referendum that could introduce multi-party sponsorship of candidates at the local level provided the electorate votes ‘Yes’ on December 17, 2019.

A statement signed and issued by Togbe Afede XIV and Nana Kweku Ewusi VII, President and Vice-President of the National House of Chiefs respectively, opposing the December referendum, has drawn fury, denial and harsh remarks among the top traditional rulers.

Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, Paramount Chief of Sefwi Anhwiaso Traditional Area and President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, who doubles as Chairman of the Governance Committee of the National House of Chiefs, described the statement as bogus,  arbitrary and smacked of ‘drunkenness and abuse of power’ by Togbe Afede and Nana Kweku Ewusi.

The Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin and other traditional authorities from the Eastern Region have also distanced themselves from the statement made by the President of the House of Chiefs and his Vice.

But Togbe Afede who does not appear ready to countenance dissent on the matter has described the reaction of his colleagues as consistent with ‘dishonesty’. -peacefmonline.com

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