Local government and chieftaincy Affairs

The Constitution of Ghana prevent Chiefs from interfering in political affairs yet no law prevent politicians from influencing chieftancy. This gab has existed and still existing, making traditional democracy losing its effectiveness. Even though the powers of chiefs and the potency of their traditional authorities from the time of white colonialists through “indirect rule” or “assimilation”, to their present subjugation by black African presidents is losing it strength, the chiefs continue to wield spiritual, cultural and quasi-political powers over the people as required of them. They also continue to wield economic power as the custodian of especially all the lands of the traditional authority. However, There have been lots of chieftancy disputes and political institutions have failed to avert the situation that have undermined community developments. At the local level is the decentralized system of governance, where policy implementations are often seen to take place. The local government represent the people but in most cases bids for the central government because appointments of the Heads of these local institutions are made by the Executive arm of governement making the locals more poorer. This center looks at the role of chiefs in our comtemporary political arena and relationship between such ancient traditional modern society and our political democratic and economic institutions. In other words we say the relationship between traditional democratic laws and political democratic laws in our modern society to help create a prosperous society. We beleive that decentralization is the heart of democracy.

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