Ghana: Law Professor warns against weakening of chieftaincy institution

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A founding member of the faculty of law at the University of Cape

Coast (UCC), Phillip Ebow Bondzi Simpson is warning against the

weakening chieftaincy institution.

He said the weak local government system does not only pose a threat

to development but also retards progress of communities in the


"Chieftaincy and local government is weak, therefore the governance at

the levels where we live is weak and we experience it every day."

According to him, the two systems that are supposed to serve as a

catalyst for development of the various communities have only been

decorated to satisfy some desires to the detriment of the local


Speaking at his inaugural lecture at UCC, Prof Bondzi Simpson cited

the restrictions on the powers of chiefs to perform certain roles and

functions in the communities as contributory factors to the sanitation

challenges and development gaps.

"Filth in our communities, the break out of communicable diseases and

the noise pollution are only examples to show that there is not real


The phenomenon according to him, has led to a situation where chiefs

have been reduced to ceremonial figures that are adorned to signify

their area of jurisdiction.

"The chieftaincy institution until today had been adorned, decorated,

beautified exalted but it has diminished."

He said the local government does not perform the functions for which

it was set up and has allowed central government operations to take

over its duties..

The law professor also made reference to the recent Supreme Court

decision where chiefs no longer have powers to summon anyone before

them hinting that is likely to weaken the institution all the more.

He said the system which allow harmonious development has been

undermined by the political class.

Credit: Myjoyonline

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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