Bawumia To chiefs: We’ll review Chieftaincy Act to give you more powers

Addressing the Bono East Regional House of Chiefs in Techiman on Friday (10 May), the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) assured that if he wins the 7 December election he will equip chiefs with the needed financial resources

The presidential candidate of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said if voted as president, he will review the country’s Chieftaincy Act to give more power to chiefs.

Addressing the Bono East Regional House of Chiefs in Techiman on Friday (10 May), during his campaign tour, Bawumia said he has noted with concern how traditional authorities in the country have been limited in their jurisdiction.

“The most important thing is that, in our government system, since independence, one of the areas where we have not done well is that we have sidelined chiefs for far too long. The powers of chiefs in governance has gone down, that is why I want to rearrange and review section 63(D) of the Chieftaincy Act to give more powers to the chiefs,” Bawumia disclosed.

He added that many cases were backlogged in the courts and could have been resolved by chiefs, provided they had the power to do so.

He promised, “So when I become president, I will give you the powers and equip you with the needed financial resources.”

Dr Bawumia also promised to raise the allowances of all chiefs, giving them a living allowance.

Reporting by Dauda Zul-Kiful in Bono East region

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