Editorial: Cool heads must prevail at Western Regional House of Chiefs

November 23, 2021 By 0 Comments

The Supreme Court, according to a story we carried yesterday, has cleared the way for the Western Regional House of Chiefs (WRHC) to hold fresh election to elect new leaders. Though the House had earlier elected the President, his Vice, and representatives to the National House of Chiefs, it was set aside by a Sekondi High Court, following a challenge mounted by a disqualified candidate.

Since then the case has travelled from the High Court through the Court of Appeal sitting in Cape Coast, to the Supreme Court. Though it is the constitutional right of every citizen to proceed to court if he or she feels cheated, the time has come for the chapter on the WRHC litigation to close. The Chronicle is not interested in determining who is right or wrong – our concern is the bad press the respected House seems to be getting, which could have been avoided.

With the Western North now ‘gaining independence’ from the Western Region, the number of chiefs constituting the Regional House of Chiefs has reduced considerably. This means every chief who is interested in becoming president of the House will have the opportunity.

As we put this piece together, information we are gathering indicates that the House has not even convened a meeting this year due to the absence of a substantive president.

Western Region is one of the richest, if not the richest, region in Ghana, yet the level of infrastructure there is very poor. This, in our view, is what must preoccupy the minds of the revere chiefs. But, this, unfortunately, is not happening, as most of the traditional areas have rather been embroiled in unending chieftaincy disputes.

Whilst the court system has been used to resolve the current impasse at the Regional House of Chiefs, The Chronicle suggests to the various traditional areas where litigations are still going on to adopt the Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism to settle all matters of chieftaincy. This will give chiefs in the region one voice to push for development. In our opinion, the resort to the courts, though constitutional, unduly delays resolving the cases and subsequently deepens the division among the feuding parties and their followers.

Clearly, there are some parties who will be benefiting from the long litigation, but the collective interest of the people, we humbly submit, should supersede individual interests. The bulk of all the minerals Ghana produces, including cocoa, come from the Western Region, but does this match its development?

If the answer is no, then the chiefs must review their stance when it comes to litigations, and rather focus all their energies towards the total economic transformation of the region. It is the hope of The Chronicle that Nananon are reading us and will take immediate steps to end all chieftaincy litigations, and rather tread the path of development for their people.

The Western Region can boast of highly educated chiefs, and one of such persons is Nana Kobina Nketiah, known in private life as Professor Baffoe Maison, a former Lecturer at the History Department of the University of Cape Coast.

We believe if such great people come together, cool heads will prevail in every situation to ensure the forward march of the region.

The time to end all chieftaincy litigations in the Western Region is now!

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