Chiefs who endorse presidents are not wise –Baako

Chiefs who endorse presidents are not wise –Baako
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Naa Sakwaba Akwa | faustine.akwa@myjoyonline.com
Date: 20-04-2016 Time: 01:04:44:pm

Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has described chiefs who endorse presidents as unwise.

He said the act is improper and reduces the dignity of the chieftaincy institution.

Speaking on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, the veteran journalist said “Any chief who has gone out there to categorically endorse a president is not wise. No wise chief speaks that way.”

He added that “These chiefs go out there and cannot just commend government for the projects they have embarked on which are benefiting their people but proceed beyond that to endorse them, it is so irritating.”

Mr Baako’s criticism comes after acting Kwahumanhene, Nana Asiedu Agyemang III declared his support for President John Mahama during his ‘Accounting for the People’ tour in the Eastern region last week.

According to the Nana Agyemang III, the president deserves to be given another four year term due to the good work he has done for the people of Kwahuman.

Speaking in the Twi language, he said it is Kwahuman's prayers that because of the President's love for the country and love for the people of Okwahuman he should get another four years.

This endorsement has earned him a chorus of criticisms with many asking him to redraw it.

Article 276 of the 1992 Constitution also states that a chief shall not take part in active party politics; and any chief wishing to do so and seeking election to Parliament shall abdicate his stool or skin.

With this provision in place, Kweku Baako believes it is entirely wrong for any chief regardless of their political preferences to endorse a president.

He said once the chief has not abdicated his stool, “The chief has no business doing that. It is not even in the chief’s inherent interest because their subjects could be on either side.”

That in his view, is the only way the sanctity of the chieftaincy institution can be preserved.

He said “There is a reason why we have a Constitution of this nature, relative to chieftaincy…it does not improve our politics in any way and does not dignify the chieftaincy institution.”

He said it was unfortunate that while the country is striving to do away with elements that degrade it democracy, some traditional leaders are still leading “the sub culture of sycophancy and they are proud. In their private moment they feel good.”

Meanwhile, Nana Asiedu Agyemang III has denied endorsing the second term bid of President John Mahama.

He said the supposed endorsement was only to urge the President to bring more developmental  projects to the area.

He said he has been taken out of context.

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