It's undignified for Chiefs to owe allegiance to politicians & presidential candidates - Kweku Baako
Abdul Malik Kweku Baako jnr has condemned the culture of Chiefs pledging their allegiance to political parties and Presidential candidates, stating emphatically that the practice is in contravention of Ghana's constitution.According to Kweku Baako, he finds it difficult to comprehend why a traditional leader or Overlord of a community would throw his weight behind a political figure and solicit votes for the person.
Making his submissions on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo' programme, Kweku Baako reminded Chiefs of their primary role in society.
"A Chief can acknowledge provision of development projects by an administration or a President where his community are beneficiaries. That's okay. It's allowed but when you proceed beyond that premise, that framework and advocate political gain for that person, you're wrong. Completely against the constitution!" he said.
Alluding to the embarrassing comments made by Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte II in 2016 that he will abdicate his throne should President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, then NPP Presidential candidate, win the general elections; Kweku Baako asked Chiefs to take a cue and refrain from dabbling in partisan politics.
"It takes away some of the dignity of that institution and the individual sitting on that stool or skin. And in fact, it's divisive; commonsensically, it's divisive. When it comes to election matters, the Chief, you cannot purport to speak on behalf of your community relative to their choice," he advised.