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24.11.2008 Elections

Chiefs urged to demand peace pledges from flag-bearers


Mr Joseph Amenowode, Member of Parliament (MP) for Hohoe-South, has proposed that chiefs got parliamentary candidates to pledge to ensure peaceful elections in December.

He said such commitment would compel the candidates to get their supporters to act with civility in matters concerning the elections.

Mr Amenowode, also the parliamentary candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was addressing a durbar of the chiefs and people of Lavie and Leklebi-Duga to mark their maiden “Agbonutoza” festival at Leklebi-Duga.

The people of Lavie in the Republic of Togo were said to have separated from their kith and kin who now reside at Leklebi in Ghana some 400 years ago when the Ewes were said to have broken away from the Ewe Kingdom at Nortsie under King Agorkorli.

He urged Togolese and Ghanaian authorities to work at removing artificial boundaries separating the two countries whose peoples were the same.

Togbega Agboka VI, Paramount Chief of the Leklebi Traditional Area expressed his commitment to bringing the two communities together through inter-marriages and other socio-economic activities.

He asked political parties to impress on their followers to work for peace.

Togbega Agboka commended Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, for facilitating the release of a Nissan Pickup for the Leklebi Senior High School and the construction of a girl's dormitory for the school.

He, however, appealed to the Vice President to facilitate the tarring of the Logba-Viunta-Leklebi road.

Mr Avega Kamabla, a member of the Hohoe Municipal Assembly said the unity between Lavie in Togo and Leklebi in Ghana should translate into strong economic ties that would speed up their development.

He urged them to discard customary practices that were detrimental to society.