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10.04.2005 Regional News

Attach lawyers to Traditional Councils - Chief

By GNA
Attach lawyers to Traditional Councils - Chief
APR 10, 2005 REGIONAL NEWS

Gomoa Fetteh (C/R), April 10, GNA - The Chief of Gomoa Fetteh, Nana Abor Yamoah II, has appealed to the Attorney General's Office to attach lawyers to traditional councils to advise especially their judicial committees on legal matters.

He noted that because Chiefs who constituted the committees had little or no knowledge on legal matters they rather compounded issues instead of resolving them.

The Chief attributed the numerous chieftaincy disputes to the incompetence of the judicial committees of the various Traditional Councils.

He was commenting on the ruling of the judicial committee of the Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council in March this year restraining him from holding himself as the Chief of Gomoa Fetteh. Nana Yamoah said he was surprised that the Committee acted against its own decision in November 26, 2004 to adjourn until the decision of the High Court where the case was pending and urged the people of the town remain calm.

On March 31, 2005, a three-member judicial committee of the Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council gave judgement on a case pending at the Appeal Court and ordered that Nana Yamoah could not act as a Chief because there was an appeal pending at the Appeal Court against his enstoolment.

A Cape Coast High Court presided over by Mr Justice K.K. Acquaye on April 4, 2005 granted leave for the stay of the orders of the judicial committee.

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