July 5, 2018

Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi has told Parliament currently there is no matter before the National House of Chiefs for adjudication or cause on the Ga Chieftaincy dispute or issue affecting the celebration of the Ga Homowo festival.

According to the Minister, Ga Mashie comprise of many quarters but falls under two traditional areas, Ga Traditional Council and Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council, which they all have roles to play in the celebration of the Ga Homowo.

He further informed the House the constitutional provisions on Chieftaincy Article 272 of the 1992 Constitution and Chieftaincy Act, 2008 Act 759 mandates the Nation House of chief to superintend or supervise and control the celebration of traditional festivals such as Homowo.

“Mr. Speaker, the presumption of disputes occurring during the Homowo celebration in the Ga Mashie is derived from the fore boding, that there is the likelihood of disruption which should not arise in the first place.
Duty is imposed on citizenry to abide by the laws of Ghana, if there is the linking of nay activities by certain persons to mar the beauty, sanctity and significance of Homowo or any other traditional festival, it should be reported to the law enforcement agencies to provide the necessaries to ensure the celebration of the festival.”

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com