of Pulima in the Sissala West District of the Upper West Region have appealed
to the president to mediate in the chieftaincy disputes that has existed in the area for more
than two decades.
said the timely intervention by the president could help avert any possible
chaos that might arise in the community as a result of the chieftaincy disputes.
landlords, Johatina and the people of
Pulima will not wish to feel your mediation on this matter after we have
started killing ourselves, but need your rich wisdom to be employed as it was
done in solving the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis,” they stressed.
was contained in a petition to the president and read by the spokesperson of
the landlords, Karim Muah at Pulima on Friday.
noted that the situation was causing fear and panic in the community and needed immediate attention before it escalated
saying “the recent decision of the Upper West Regional House of Chiefs
which was affirmed at the National House of Chiefs to change what the Johatina
and the kinsmen, Kumbele
decided 20 years ago has created fear and panic leading to insecurity and loss
of brotherly love in our community,” he lamented.
Mr Muah explained that the decision sought to
replace the current chief of 20 years, “if
implemented, such a decision can plunge the community into crisis, the
ruling was in contradiction to the chieftaincy tradition of the community as
the tradition held that the throne be rotated among the eight gates in the
Pulima community has been sitting
on a time bomb as the 21-year-old chieftaincy dispute remained
unsolved and has
stalled development of the
According to the petitioners, the current chief was
installed in 1999 but has not become very functional because of disputes.
Muah assured that the Gbanhala gate, which was contending the legitimacy of the
sitting chief, still had the chance of ascending to the high throne of the
Gandawii Traditional Area after a sitting chief died or revoked as tradition
a security officer at the Jubilee House, Inspector Mumuni Bayorba, had urged
the youth in the community not to engage in any activity that could mar the
peace prevailing in the community.
He also appealed to them to cooperate with security agencies who might come to the community to ensure that peace and security prevailed and not to see them as enemies.
FROM LYDIA DARLINGTON FORDJOUR, PULIMA
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