General News of Sunday, 21 June 2015
Majority Leader in Parliament Alban Kingsford Bagbin has suggested to traditional rulers to go to the Supreme Court to seek interpretation on the constitutional provision that debars them from partisan politics.
He expressed wonder why traditional leaders should not be permitted to actively engage in politics when they have very significant roles in the development of their communities.
Among other things, Article 276 Clause One of the 1992 Constitution states that a chief shall not take part in active party politics and any chief seeking election shall have to abdicate his stool or skin.
However, the Constitution provides for traditional leaders to be appointed to public office positions.
Mr Bagbin, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) Nadowli Kaleo, made the suggestion on the floor of the House when contributing to congratulatory messages as Mr Robert Mosore, the immediate past MP for Talensi, now enskinned as Paramount Chief of Tongo in Talensi District of the Upper East Region, entered Parliament to bid his former colleagues farewell.
Both Sides of the House were unanimous in commending the former MP on his new role.
Mr Bagbin quoting a line in one of song of Bob Marley; the late reggae legend, said: “Who Jah bless, no one curse,” and told the traditional ruler that he had divine blessings.
Translating the word Nachinab to mean “chief of youth,” Mr Bagbin, said Mr Mosore did not only become a chief of the youth, but a chief of adults as well.
He noted the vast transformation that had occurred in the last few months when the announcement to the effect that he has been made a chief was made.
“Congratulations, Sir!” Mr Bagbin said, describing the skin being occupied by the former Talensi Legislator as very important because of its big role in judicial matters in that part of the country.
Mr Bagbin commended Mr Mosore, now with the skin name Tongorana Kubilsong Naleibegtan as having good character, competence and care.
“In discharging this onerous responsibility try and project to all that that chieftaincy is now an institution of development,” Mr Bagbin said.
He added: “As a trailblazer, we expect him to show the way. Your performance will be used as yardstick. I agree with you, you are now a father for all.”