General News of Thursday, 14 December 2017
The Awormefia of Anlo Traditional Area, Togbui Sri III, has sued the Attorney General and the Minister for Chieftaincy over alleged attempts to create two additional Traditional Councils in Anlo State without approval.
According to the local news portal, Classfmonline.com, the suit, filed at the Accra High Court, seeks to stop the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi, from “usurping the authority and power of the Plaintiff and the Anlo Traditional Council to create traditional councils within the Anlo Traditional Council”.
Torgbui Sri III wants the court to halt the processes concerning “the intended inauguration of Avenor and Aflao as Traditional Councils within the Anlo Traditional Council on 14th December, 2017 until the final determination of the suit,” reports the news portal.
Torgbui Sri III also wants a declaration by that court that by virtue of his position as the Awormefia of Anlo and President of the Anlo Traditional Council, the Anlo Traditional Council is the only authority to alter in whatsoever manner the jurisdiction of any Chief or any Traditional Area within the Anlo Traditional Council.
Torgbui Sri III indicated that by a letter dated November 27, the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs informed the Registrar of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs to have the Anlo Traditional Council make preparations for the inauguration of the two new Traditional Councils, however, he insists in the suit that the Minister “has no authority, statutory or customary to inaugurate, establish or create any traditional councils within the Anlo Traditional Council or Ghana”.
The Chief pointed out that the actions of the Minister “poses a threat to the peace, security and unity of the entire Anlo Traditional Council, the Volta Region and Ghana” hence the need for the court to intervene and prevent any chaos likely to be created by the illegal action of the Minister.