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14.05.2008 General News

Don`t tamper with our fragile democracy…Nsein chief warns political parties

By Zam R. Samin, Nsein - Ghanaian Chronicle
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THE anti corruption crusader and paramount chief of Nsein traditional area in the western region, Awulae Agyefi Kwame, who took on some chiefs in the region for taking huge sums of money from the Ghana @50 secretariat without participating in the Golden jubilee celebration, is in the news again.  

This time round, the powerful chief noted for his outspokenness is sending strong warning signals to political parties in the country to desist from interfering with the fragile democracy of the country after the December elections. “This is my warning to all political parties, if you lose the December polls, accept defeat and don't disturb the peace of the country,” he warned. 

Welcoming the flagbearer of NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo and his entourage to his palace at Nsein, near Axim, Awulae Agyefi said it was the wish and prayers of all traditional rulers that the country remained united, peaceful and more democratic than ever before after the December polls.

He noted that chiefs in the country were looking for candidates who would campaign on issues devoid of personal attacks and also accept the outcome of the December polls in good fate. He revealed that traditional rulers and their subjects would kick against any political party that issues threats, since that could thwart the quest to improve democracy in the country.  

The Nsein traditional ruler who has been championing good governance, free speech and fight against corruption in the Western Regional House of Chiefs, was also of the view that any attempt by any political party to mar the country's peace process after the December polls, would not only kill better initiatives of previous leaders, but would draw the country's economic growth and fortunes backwards. 

To him, the recent discovery of oil in the country, specifically in the Nzema territorial waters would not be harnessed properly if Ghana should find herself in political turmoil after the December polls. He pleaded that 'some regions have enjoyed in the past and continue to enjoy, and now that we have also found oil, we should be allowed to enjoy, nobody should disturb the country's peace'.

Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, who had gone to introduce himself to the chiefs and people of Nzemaland on his part pledged to campaign on issues. He expressed confidence that any party that would lose the elections would certainly accept defeat. 

He commended the chief for reminding political parties and their leaders about their responsible roles in the governance of the country. With regards to the oil discovery, he told the chief that it was through the tireless effort of the NPP government that ensured the discovery of the oil. He indicated that government would not seat down unconcerned for any individual or group of persons to frustrate the nation through disturbances.  

The NPP flag bearer, after visiting the Nsein paramount chief, also addressed a durbar at Axim in the same District to round off his five-day campaign tour of the Western Region which began on Sunday last week in the Bia district. Earlier in the day at Takoradi, Nana Addo met with District Chief Executives in the western region.

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