The Member of Parliament of Bongo Constituency in the Upper East Region, Edward Abambire Bawa has said that the constitution of Ghana does not allow traditional rulers to be called kings.
According to him, Ghana does not practice a monarchical political system but a republic state.
Speaking on Citi TV’s Breakfast Daily show, Mr. Bawa said that any traditional ruler calling himself a king threatens the unity of the country.
Citing the chieftaincy Act, he said the laws of the nation permits for the title ‘chief’ for traditional leaders who are also to act as development agents for the country.
“One thing I have always resisted is the title king, by our constitution, we have no kings in Ghana, we have Chiefs. We have Chiefdom, not Kingdoms when you begin to do that you threaten the whole country, we are all one, we are not in a monarch, we are not in a Kingdom, we are in a republic.”
Mr. Bawa also accused some traditional leaders of taking advantage of their elevated position in society to take advantage of their subjects.
He explained that problems of illegal mining have partly got to do with irresponsible traditional rulers who sell our lands because they have assumed roles of tin-gods and accountable to no one.
Mr. Edward Bawa also called for reforms to the Chieftaincy institution to meet changes of present times.
Speaking on the historic visit of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu to the Okyenhene in Kyebi, the Member of Parliament for Bongo said the event highlighted some aspects of our culture as Ghanaians.
He also described as”interesting was how national resources were at play at Kyebi” citing the use of motorcades and convoys for the use by Government appointees.
A historic visit by Otumfuo to Okyenhene
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu yesterday, Thursday, visited the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II in Kyebi in the Eastern Region.
It was the first time an Asante king has gone to Kyebi in peace since 1742.
The visit was deemed historic because of the cultural tensions that exist between Asantes and Akyems is to mark the 75th anniversary of the death of the chief of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, Nana Sir Ofori Atta I