I do not consider myself as a person with that much experience in customary law; but I have also recently published a piece on freedom of movement under the 1992 Constitution and how it clashes with the traditional state’s authority to ban subjects.
Again, understanding that these are emotive issues for some. So let’s please put those emotions aside for a few minutes and have a conversation as citizens committed together to our Republic.
With the commentaries online which have quickly taken an ethnic slant; and descended to insult trading. The fragility of our ethnic relations as a country is that issues that in other places give birth to fascinating legal and political analysis and research projects, become one of insults and asinine commentary.
Strip through the noise, you will realize that what is going on is a real question of sovereignty, constitutional law and politics.
And it must be analyzed with the same level of intellectual sophistication and refined language we reserve for modern States. Not insults. That’s primitive.
Now, it has been hard for us to associate tested ideas of political thought to these nation-states we have connived with colonial litérature to call traditional authorities". Why? That’s the legacy of inferiority that colonization bequeathed to us.
Unfortunately, because we have superimposed a fictional concept of Ghana over existing political nations and their own relations, we have truncated how these relations could have developed and evolved naturally.
The concept of Ghana; and prior to this, the Gold Coast, conspired to freeze in time a set of prevailing political relations. For the arbitrary reason that it will make the existing nation-states easier to conquer.
Post-independence politicians wanted to preserve their fragile legitimacy that only the colonial order introduced, and frequently interfered with "traditional politics".
A lot of times, they passed laws which froze in time relations between chiefs and took away the oxygen that makes the traditional political order dynamic. They overthrew chiefs and put their own proxies there when it suited them. They created paramountcies out of nothing.
So that’s the backdrop to what we are dealing with here; and all that will surely make something which would otherwise have been quite fun and interesting to watch potentially painful.
Trust 4th Republican politicians to intervene and muddy the waters. They will weaponize ethnicity and bigotry. And by so doing; they will set back the Ghana project by decades again. No one will win.
Since I am a nobody, I am not fit to ask any of the two chiefs to avoid insults and toxic masculinity. But if i was, I would have asked them to display the maturity or decent language we know them capable of, if only so that it will guide their "subjects" in how they reflect on the issue.
We are Ghanaians and we can do better and not to serve as fuels to muddy the already muddy waters.
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