Ghana: Assist Chiefs to Codify Their Customs and Traditions - Chieftaincy Expert

A chieftaincy expert, Mr. Harry Anthony Attipoe, has called on the government to consider codifying the customs and traditions of chiefs across the length and breadth of the country.

According to him, when this was done, the issue of chieftaincy disputes and conflicts that had plagued our country and claimed lives and properties running into several thousands of Ghana cedis, would come to an end.

He explained that one of the major problems that lead to chieftaincy disputes and conflicts was the quest of illegitimate people to assume chieftaincy titles at all costs, without due regard for the systems of inheritance among others.

He noted that when this was done, the system of succession, inheritance, who the real kingmakers are, among others, will be captured in the customary laws before being passed into law in Parliament.

Mr. Attipoe, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the MORYA Foundation, a chieftaincy non-governmental organisation (NGO), made the call in an interview with the Tema File on Monday.

He hinted that when the customary laws are codified, the question of who is eligible to become a chief, or be installed a chief, would become a thing of the past.

He said the absence of such a document has created a loophole for anybody to get up to make claims that they are kingmakers, when in fact, they are not.

"Some of them also claim they are heir-apparent to the stools in their respective areas, whereas they are not. Some even claim that because they are kingmakers, they are land owners in their respective areas, especially, where the land is purely stool land, because, in reality, occupants of stools are indeed the custodians of stool lands," the CEO for MORYA Foundation explained.

Mr. Attipoe said once such a document was made available, such claimants would no longer have a field day to operate, saying most of them were the cause of chieftaincy disputes and conflicts in the country.

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