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Sunday, 17 July 2016

‘Law Banning Chiefs From Active Politics’ Needs Interpretation—Sunyani Kurontihene Asserts



Oboaman Nana Bofotia Boa-Amponsem II, Kurontihene of the Sunyani Traditional Area has asserted that the law banning chiefs from active politics’ needs interpretation.

According to him, the Article 76 of the 1992 Constitution, which prohibits chiefs from engaging in active partisan politics, is not clear.

He wondered who would initiate an action against a chief involved in active party politics and whose actions should attract destoolment.

“The law needs interpretation because it does not state clearly what accounts to partisan politics. We need to know some of the things deemed as partisan should a chief engage himself in it,” he told Asasewura Kwame Anokye on Ark Fm’s Nyansapo on Saturday.

“We need to ask the Supreme Court what should be done to a chief who engages himself in such activities. Any law which doesn’t constitute to punishment is not a law,” he stated, adding that he is preparing to seek clarification from the apex court.

Article 76 of the 1992 Constitution states that “A chief shall not take part in active party politics; and any chief wishing to do so and seeking election to Parliament shall abdicate his stool or skin.”

The Sunyani Kurontihene stated that when the article says “Do not take part in or do active politics, it may mean, in my opinion; do party politics but not active party politics or do active politics but not party politics.”

However, he advised Traditional leaders to “try and stay neutral in order to contribute their quota towards nation building.”

Oboaman Bofotia added that Ghanaian politicians have not made up their mind to build the nation, and they always think of how to build their party…hence, Traditional authorities should help control the system.

“If you’re building a nation, you look to the betterment of all your people…and not only your strong holds. The national cake should be shared accordingly.”

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