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The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu has admonished chiefs from showing their political parties by endorsing candidates.
He said the chieftaincy institutions is very important and that chiefs should be the ones offering advise to the political parties and not support them.
“The chieftaincy institution is a very important one in this country, thus, its existence. It existed before Western democracy came to our shores but, I think, sometimes, we forget that we are chiefs and jump into the political fray and meddle with the politicians. It will be problematic for chiefs to become like the politicians instead of being the institution the former rather should be running to in times of trouble for us to advise them and also serve as arbiters. As chiefs, each of us has a preferred political parties but just don’t show your political colours.” he said
The Asantehene admits that the chiefs have the right to vote but the Constitution bars them from actively participating in politics.
“Chiefs have the right to vote but the Constitution bars us from taking part in active politics or supporting one party against the other. This is because, as chiefs, we have subjects who belong to either side of the political divide in their jurisdictions. You are a chief for all of them and, so, you have to be neutral but when you get to the voting booth on election day, you are free to vote for whichever party you support. As chiefs, we work with the party in power for development and, so, we must all be cautious and guard against meddling in partisan politics so as to maintain the honour and dignity of the chieftaincy institution” he added.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu made these comments at a meeting with the Ashanti Regional House of Chiefs.
This is not the first time the Asante monarch admonish chiefs.
About a month ago, he cautioned his colleagues to stop asking favours from the politician because the chieftaincy will lose its relevance and divide them.
Source: Ghana Waves