May 30, 2024

Pemapim Yaw Kabrese, the Paramount Chief of the Yeji Traditional Area who doubles as the President of the Bono East Regional House of Chiefs, has advised politicians to refrain from actively getting involved in chieftaincy issues.

He believes the active involvement by politicians in chieftaincy issues has the tendency to lead to chieftaincy conflicts as almost all the chieftaincy conflicts before the Bono East Regional House of Chiefs have some kind of political influence.

Pemapim Yaw Kabrese, emphasized that chieftaincy matters should be handled by the appropriate traditional authorities and institutions as they possess the necessary knowledge and expertise to address such issues and politicians should focus on their roles in governance and development while leaving chieftaincy matters to the relevant traditional leaders.

“It has become common in our traditional communities to see family members contesting for a traditional stool when the need arises but off late, the contesting for these traditional stools have escalated into something unfortunate.”

“Ideally, it is not even necessary for members of a particular royal families to fight over a stool because there are laid down traditional structures that clearly shows us how to appoint a new chief should the need arises but now due to selfish reasons, some people deliberately ignore these procedures and as a result leads to chieftaincy conflicts.” He revealed.

On the issue of politicians igniting some of these chieftaincy issues, the Bono East Regional House of Chiefs President said, “most of these conflicts are being carried out by the youth and if you dig deep, you will realize that some politicians are behind all of it, I will urge the youth to refrain from such activities and urged politicians that are found of igniting chieftaincy tensions to refrain from that.”

“Chieftaincy conflicts have the potential to disrupt social cohesion, create divisions within the community and impede progress and development and by respecting the authority of traditional leaders and refraining from involving in chieftaincy issues, these politicians can contribute to peaceful coexistence and the preservation of cultural heritage.” Pemapim Yaw Kabrese disclosed.