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Give us more powers to trial cases-Traditional Rulers

Written by  May 17, 2018
The Omanhene of Goaso, Baffour Akwasi Bosompra II, has appealed to the chief Justice Her Lordship Sophia Akuffo to lead the cause to allow a review of the constitution to give the traditional council more powers to prosecute cases. The traditional ruler made the appeal when the Chief Justice paid a courtesy call on him as part of her tour in the Brong Ahafo region. Baffour Akwasi Bosompra II said because Ghanaians are not obliged to honour summons at palaces, residents engage in acts that frowns on the cultural values of a society. He lamented over the increasing rate of curses in the area, suggesting that these curses work but cannot be trialed in court but if traditional rulers are given more powers, we will see an end to these things. He explained, by tradition, anyone who invokes a curse is treated like someone who has murdered another with a knife ‘’but we all know that the court does not trail these cases. How will we progress as a nation if we refuse to check these things and allow the traditional rulers to trial these cases? On her part, the Chief Justice promised to give the various courts in the region a facelift to make the work of the judiciary in the region smooth. She also announced that building plans would be given the DCE for the assembly to select and subsequent building to be started. Appearing before the vetting committee in 2017 after she was nominated by President Akufo-Addo, the Her Lordship Sophia Akuffo promised improved circuit court system to tackle One District One Factory disputes. “One of the things that the Lord has really put on my heart for the brief period I will be serving as Chief Justice, because I will be retiring in 2019, will be to make sure that the district courts, be it the magistrate court, and any courts that are close to the communities, are going to be as good and as efficiently prepped as the High Courts and the city courts.’’
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