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Don’t take bribes when adjudicating cases; it reduces confidence in chieftaincy – Chief of Kotintaabig to traditional rulers

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Naba Bilheesong Lagwongt, the chief of Kotintaabig, a community under the Sakote Traditional Council in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region is encouraging traditional leaders to be firm and yet fair in the adjudication of contentious matters brought to their palaces for reconciliation.

He said if chiefs are known to be fair in the judgements they pass down, they will regain the lost confidence, trust and belief in the traditional systems.

The chief of Kotintaabig said this when he spoke in an exclusive interview with A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show at his residence in Kontitaabig in the Nabdam District Friday, June 24, 2022.

“As chiefs, we must be fair and firm in our judgements. This will instil the confidence of the people in you the chief. If the people lose confidence in you [as a chief] you are finished. You will invite someone for a case to be solved and he will say he will not come. But if the people begin to have confidence in your ruling, and you are being fair without taking bribes, they will come to you.”

“Let me caution my colleague chiefs, if a case comes to you and someone comes to you and puts an envelope under you and says please turn this case for me, you are doing it at your own peril,” he said.

Naba Lagwongt continued to say that “chiefs must be fair, you must be firm and you must be objective.”

Earlier, the chief explained that he recognised the need for women to be supported, empowered and assisted to reach their fullest potential.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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