The institution of chieftaincy is an integral part of the African culture. Many traditional leaders are tasked to abstain from partisan politics but this is often unheeded to be the leaders. In the 2020 elections for instance, there were many traditional leaders who aligned themselves to political parties and many saw this as detrimental to the domains of these leaders if their preferred candidates lost in the elections.
On Mmra Ne Abrabo Mu Nsem, Maurice Ampaw, one of Ghana’s vocal lawyers tasked traditional leaders to remain neutral in terms of politics. He explained that politicians will come and go but the kings or chiefs of traditional areas will remain. He was of the view that societies develop only when their leaders stay away from partisan politics.
“Look at our leaders like Rawlings, Kufuor, Atta Mills all came and met traditional leaders. They will all leave power and still these kings will remain in power. Even Akufo-Addo will leave whether he likes it or not but kings like Otumfuo will remain. It is important you remain neutral for your own sake. Stop taking monies from politicians. They will only deceive you” Maurice Ampaw explained.
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