President of the National House of Chiefs, Togbe Afede XIV, has expressed worry over the, “too much commitment to winning elections” by political parties with less efforts at bringing development to the people. He described it as “selfishness”, adding that it was the cause of the acrimony in politics in the country.
Togbe Afede who is the Agbogbomefia of Asogli state said this when leadership of the Ghana Association of Assembly Members (GAAM) paid a courtesy call on him in Ho to seek his support in their request for an enhanced welfare package for Assembly members.
The house of chiefs National President said the country’s major problem was corruption and challenged Assembly members to uphold values of integrity and question substandard projects in their communities.
He said chiefs were committed to playing their roles towards the development of communities and needed the support of Assembly members.
Chiefs he added had fundamental human rights to freely comment on important national issues provided they did not support any political party and must “actively do that to reduce partisanship.”
“It is true that the Constitution bars us from partisan politics, but that doesn’t mean we can’t deal with national issues affecting us all,” said.
Togbe Afede has asked chiefs to comment more on national issues to reduce partisanship and political tension in the country. He said their views as neutral expression of opinion would take away the political tension.
President of GAAM, Charles Adu, appealed to Togbe Afede to champion the request for an enhanced welfare package for Assembly members.