Dormaahene to Peace Council: Remain resolute
The Paramount Chief of the Dormaa Traditional Area and President of the Bono Regional House of Chiefs, Osagyefo Agyeman-Badu II, has expressed worry about the number of chieftaincy disputes pending before the Judicial Committee of the house.
According to the chief, the number of cases threatening the region’s peace and stability would be resolved amicably and pledged his commitment to ensure those disputes are ended.
Osagyefo Agyeman-Badu suggested to the National Peace Council to employ the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism in settling disputes instead of judicial processes.
He explained that ADR systems remain adversarial in nature; which focuses and recollects past and present events in the determination of rights and liabilities that enhances mutual agreements between feuding parties.
Osagyefo Agyeman-Badu said these when members of the Bono Regional Peace Council paid a courtesy call on him at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Dormaa Central Municipality to congratulate him on his election as the President of the House.
He urged the Peace Council to remain neutral and resolute in the discharge of its duties and added that the Council must not tolerate political interferences and influences as it remains the surest way to build and deepen public trust and confidence.
Osagyefo Agyeman-Badu commended the Council, particularly in the Bono Region, for its exceptional work, saying, but for its timely intervention, many conflicts would have degenerated into violence and consequently mar the prevailing peace of the region.
He tasked the Council to be proactive and underlined the need to ensure that effective collaboration was fostered between the Council and the Regional House of Chiefs in resolving chieftaincy disputes to deepen peace and social cohesion for development.
“Frankly speaking, we revere the work of the Peace Council so much and we promise to support the Council in whatever way to deepen the prevailing peace of the region”, he said.
Osagyefo Agyeman-Badu was, however, unhappy that the Bono Regional Peace Council remained silent about political violence and misunderstandings that occurred in the region before, during and after Election 2020, and condemned the political violence that occurred at the Banda constituency during the voters’ registration exercise and the voting day.
A member of the Bono Peace Council, The Reverend Canon Martin Amankwah, emphasised the Council’s readiness and commitment to harmonise and coordinate conflict prevention, management, resolution and build sustainable peace through networking and coordination.
He stressed the need for the Council to collaborate with traditional authorities in the region to foster co-operation that would enhance the peace of the region to facilitate accelerated development.
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