Mr Solomon Kwafo, Registrar of the Upper Axim Traditional Council in the Nzema East Municipality in the Western Region has attributed the absence of a Paramount Chief for the Upper Axim Traditional Council to the prolonged litigations among regents.
He lamented that the royal family in charge of nominating a candidate for the Paramount Chief has been litigating over the right person who is qualified to occupy the stool and therefore making the stool vacant for over forty-three (43) years.
According to the Registrar who was speaking in a media engagement, the defunct Traditional Council cannot boast of any substantive President due to the protracted chieftaincy dispute in the area for approximately 43 years, therefore, making the stool vacant and in the process retarding development.
Mr Kwafo maintained that the negative development in the area must be tackled by all stakeholders to give peace and stability the chance to reign in the area since the Upper Axim Traditional Council was one of the five (5) Traditional Councils in the Nzema East Municipality.
Explaining the repercussions of such an unending dispute, the Registrar said development in the area obviously was being impeded.
Clarifying the beginning of the dispute, he noted that although he was transferred to the Council quite recently, his understanding of the situation was that members of the royal gate responsible for the nomination of a candidate have not been cooperating with each other.
“They ought to have buried their differences for the sake of unity, peace and harmony. In the end, it is progress and development that matters”, he pointed out.
Mr Kwafo could not fathom why the same family would litigate for all these years without an amicable solution found to cure the disturbances and therefore, appealed to prominent citizens of the Upper Axim, religious leaders in the area and opinion leaders with great influence to intervene to force the family to select the right leader deserving enough to ascend the throne.
“I have been speaking to religious leaders, opinion leaders, telling them to make their voices count, so that at the end, the family will decide who will lead the Paramountcy, so that the Traditional Council will have a substantive President”, he said.
Chieftaincy, he noted should be used to promote the development, well-being and welfare of members of the society and not the selfish interest of a few individuals.