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The Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi, has advised Chiefs and Traditional leaders to report any miscreants who may want to foment trouble during the celebration of traditional festivals in the country especially the upcoming Homowo festival in Accra.
The Minister made this known on the floor of Parliament during questions and answers session on Wednesday.
He was responding to a question filed by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Odododiodoo Constituency, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuje, who wanted to know steps being taken by the National House of Chiefs to resolve the protracted chieftaincy disputes in Ga Mashie to ensure an incident-free Ga Homowo festival this year.
Dzamesi told Parliament that presently there are no cases before the National House of Chiefs for adjudication and there are no Chieftaincy disputes in the Ga area that can affect the celebration of the Homowo festival.
Even though the Ga Traditional Council and the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council have roles to play in the celebration of the Ga Homowo festival, the Minister says he does not expect any disruptions to arise.
He however cautioned potential trouble makers in any part of the country, to be mindful of the laws while calling on Traditional leaders to report any such miscreants to the police for action.
“A duty is imposed on the citizenry to abide by the laws of the Republic, therefore, if there is the inkling of any activities by certain persons to mar the beauty, sanctity and significance of the Homowo, and for that matter any other traditional festivals, this must be reported to the law enforcement Agencies, for them to provide the necessary security to ensure the celebration of the Homowo festival is smooth,” he observed.
Source: Clement Akoloh || afriwakeradio.com