The Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs has called on the kingmakers in the region to follow due process in nominating, electing and installing chiefs.
Nene Abram Kabu Akuaku III, Ada Mantse and the President of the House, made the call in a report read on his behalf by Nene Atsure Benta III, the Acting President of Prampram Traditional Council at a day’s workshop in Accra.
The event was organized by the Regional House of Chiefs to sharpen a chief’s skills and to update their knowledge on issues that borders on the Constitution and the Chieftaincy Act.
The President said many do not understand traditional processes and this was the basis of many chieftaincy disputes in the Region.
Nene Akuaku said sometimes some of the charges leveled against the chiefs were not strong enough to warrant their distoolments “but to us whether the charges are strong or not, we cannot refuse to attend to it.”
He said the distoolment of a chief was not done at the law courts but through the chieftaincy institution or the traditional councils and called for a vigorous education of the chiefs and kingmakers to understand the due process.
Mr Henry Attipoe, the Registrar of the Regional House of Chiefs, said it is important to sensitise chiefs on chieftaincy issues in order to reduce the number of cases.
He said Article 275 of the 1992 Constitution which states clearly on how a chief should be installed, adding that; “you must come from a royal house, identified, nominated, selected and installed as a chief.”
“For you to be recognised by Government you have to be introduced by the Regional House Chiefs before you are registered in the National House of Chiefs,” he said. GNA