The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, has revealed that about 65 chieftaincy disputes are pending before the Judicial Committee of the Western Regional House of Chiefs.
This according to him, exclude the disputes before the various traditional council in the region.
Mr. Darko-Mensah indicated that chieftaincy disputes cases in the region could be estimated at about 500 when you consider the cases pending before the traditional and regional judicial committees.
The Western Regional Minister made the remarks at yesterday at the “Thanksgiving Service” of the Member of Parliament of Ahanta West who is also the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs for his election MP and appointment as Minister respectively.
He said Chieftaincy disputes is one of the major challenges hindering western region from development.
Chieftaincy disputes are often due to the non-adherence to the laid down rules and procedures governing the succession and enstoolment of Chiefs.
Most of the conflicts in the region arises from succession problems, involving two or more gates laying claims to a chieftaincy tittle. Such conflicts usually involve determining who is the best qualified person to occupy a particular stool, use a particular tittle or sometimes the conflict arises as a result of land disputes.
Mr. Okyere Darko-Mensah appealed to the chiefs to use the avenues for seeking redress to resolve all the disputes pending before both traditional and regional judicial committees to promote peace and development in the region.
The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs and the Member of Parliament for Ahanta West Lawyer Ebenezer Kojo Kum, on his part appealed to the chiefs t help him resolve all the chieftaincy disputes in Upper and Lower Dixcove, Western Region and the country at large.
He promised not to disappoint the people of Ghana in his quest to discharge his duty as the Chieftaincy Minister.
The Paramount Chief of Lower Dixcove, Nana Kwesi Agyeman IX, pledged to become one to rally behind the Chieftaincy Minister to enable him succeed.
He said the chiefs will do everything possible to make them become united.
“There would not be any developments if the chiefs are not remain united,” he stressed.
Source: Ghana|Ghananest.com|Matthew Dadzie.