Mohammed Ali Mardah, newly coronated chief of Sissala Community at
Two ethnic communities in the Greater Accra
Region, the Sissala and the Grunshi now have new traditional authorities, a
departure from the previous order when the former was responsible for both
This followed the demise of Alhaji Idrisu Mardah
who led the Greater Accra Grunshis and Sissalas for two decades.
A colourful ceremony presided over by the
National Chief Imam, Alhaji Usman Nuhu Sharubutu and the Council of Zongo
Chiefs last Sunday saw the coronation of Mohammed Ali Mardah as chief of
Sissala community and Ibrahim Umar Morjor as chief of the Grunshi community.
Both chiefs also immediately appointed their
supporting councils who would assist in managing their cultural and administrative
The occasion was also used to undertake the 40
day post-transition special prayer for the late Alhaji Mardah who died on May
In attendance were some Ga chiefs, Muslim clerics
and other dignitaries including Abubakar Siddique Boniface, a representative
from the Office of the Vice President and Kuoro Abu Sukabe Ninia (V) the President
of the Buwa Traditional Council in the Sissala West District of the Upper West
The leaders of the two ethnic groups jointly
explained in a statement that the decision to separate the chieftaincy linage
was to promote effective and transformational leadership.
“We promise to continue to maintain the good
relationship that existed since time immemorial as we cannot afford to
sacrifice that for any reason” the statement read.
The Grunshi Chief, Alhaji Morjor in an interview
expressed his desire to champion education as a tool to improve the socio-economic
development of his people.
He urged all parties to eschew deviant acts that have the potential of sowing seeds of discord and disrupting the peace and harmony existing between the various ethnic groups.
By Issah Mohammed