Minister Cautions Chiefs

The Minister Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs, Dr Henry Seidu Daannaa has warned chiefs who take the law into their own hands by resorting to corporal punishments to desist from the act and fall on the law enforcement agencies for redress.

According to him it is total wrong and against royal code of ethics for any chief for whatever reason to resort to publicly lashing of people they alleged to have failed to attend to their call.

“It is not good for any chief to be involved in corporal punishment, it bring the chieftaincy institution into disrepute’’ he emphasized.

Dr Seidu Daannaa made the condemnation at a press conference in response to recent developments in the chieftaincy institution especially the Kpone Traditional council and the Tamale area, where a chief was reported to have publicly flogged a resident who allegedly refused to respond to his summon.

He expressed disappointment at the closure of the Kpone Traditional Council`s office by irate youth of the area.

The minister urged people who feel aggrieved to go to court to seek justice rather that resorting to hooliganism.

He called for cool heard to prevail and appealed to the police to provide adequate security to workers at the Kpone Traditional council.

He disclosed that, the Chieftaincy Amendment Bill currently at the consideration stage before parliament is aimed at resolving some of the challenges confronting the chieftaincy institution including the ability of chiefs to summon their subordinates within the remits of the law.

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