Chiefs admonished against meddling in politics

Traditional authorities have been admonished against meddling in politics if they want to ensure effective and efficient transformation and development of their respective communities.

Their involvement would not only derail growth and development, rather deny the people accelerated socioeconomic advancement.

A former Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor, gave the admonition when he addressed a meeting organised by the Agona Nyakrom Traditional Council at Nyakrom in the Agona West Municipality of the Central Region.

He observed that as traditional rulers and custodians of their respective communities, they were supposed to remain neutral in their day-to-day administration, to enable them to get the fair share of the national cake of projects.

“As traditional authorities you must strive hard to do away with negative tendencies, which can turn your palaces into courts to adjudicate cases that can bring repercussions on you and your people because you are either installed or enskinned by your royal families to promote peace, unity, harmony, cohesion, stability and also protect your people.

“While seeking your welfare, it will not serve any good for you to indulge in any parochial and selfish interest that can jeopardise the wellbeing of the citizenry, team up with security heads in your areas to help fight crime by forming watchdog groups,” Mr Kudalor pointed out.

Nana Adu Peseko VII, Gyantuahen of Agona Nyakrom, expressed concern about some bias reportage slandering some traditional rulers without crosschecking facts about publication of University of Cape Coast campus under construction at Agona Nyakrom alleging chiefs of the traditional area were sitting aloof to allow project to go waste.

He maintained that the UCC campus project at Agona Nyakrom was being financed solely by the university and not any government as was speculated and the Council had taken serious view of publication, seeking to disgrace them and asked for the story to be retracted and an apology rendered to them.

Okofo Katakyi Eku X, Omanhen of Nyakrom, advised kingmakers to fill vacant stools with rightful candidates in various towns in the traditional area to avoid chieftaincy disputes and assured the traditional council was making frantic efforts to ensure that they become chieftaincy dispute-free to help attract projects from the government and development partners. –myjoyonline.com

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