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    ADDRESSING A JOINT MEETING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF GHANA'S REGIONAL HOUSES OF CHIEFS IN KUMASI ON THURSDAY (31 JULY), BRIGADIER AKWASI AFRIFA, GHANA'S HEAD OF STATES AS CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL, SAID THAT IF THE COUNTRY WAS UNABLE TO DEVELOP AN HONEST DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT THE SUPREME SACRIFICE MADE BY THE LATE GENERAL E.

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    ADDRESSING A JOINT MEETING OF REPRESENTATIVES OF GHANA'S REGIONAL HOUSES OF CHIEFS IN KUMASI ON THURSDAY (31 JULY), BRIGADIER AKWASI AFRIFA, GHANA'S HEAD OF STATES AS CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL, SAID THAT IF THE COUNTRY WAS UNABLE TO DEVELOP AN HONEST DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT THE SUPREME SACRIFICE MADE BY THE LATE GENERAL E.K. KOKOTA AND OTHER OFFICERS WHO HAD DIED TO GIVE FREEDOM WOULD BE IN VAIN.

    BEFORE ADDRESSING THE CHIEFS, BRIGADIER AFRIFA INSPECTED A GUARD OF HONOUR, ACCOMPANIED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ASHANTI REGIONAL COMMITTEE OF ADMINISTRATION, COLONEL G.K. YARBOI. AFTERWARDS, ACCOMPANIED BY MEMBERS OF THE REGIONAL COMMITTEE OF ADMINISTRATION, HE EXCHANGED GREETINGS WITH THE CHIEFS IN THE VARIOUS VERNACULARS.

    BRIGADIER AFRIFA CALLED ON THE CHIEFS TO EXERCISE THEIR POWERS OF JUDGEMENT AND THEIR ABILITY TO ASSESS POLITICIANS. HE NOTED THAT PROVISIONS ENTRENCHED IN THE COUNTRY'S CONSTITUTION FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CUSTOMARY AND TRADITIONAL COURTS WOULD GIVE THE CHIEFS AN OPPORTUNITY OF ASSUMING POSITIVE LEADERSHIP. HE ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE RESPECT THAT WOULD AS ACCORDED THE CHIEFS WOULD DEPEND ON THE MANNER IN WHICH CHIEFS ADMINISTERED JUSTICE AND PERFORMED THEIR DUTIES.

    'IT IS ONLY WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE CHIEFS THAT AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAMME FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT CAN TAKE PLACE. I HOPE THAT THE ENTRENCHMENT OF CHIEFTAINCY IN THE CONSTITUTION WILL BE RESPECTED BY FUTURE GOVERNMENTS AND THAT NEVER AGAIN WILL CHIEFS BECOME HELPLESS PAWNS IN THE HANDS OF OPPRESSIVE AND UNSCRUPULOUS POLITICIANS.'
    BRIGADIER AFRIFA SAID HE HOPED THE CHIEFS WOULD TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE POSED BY THE CHANGING TIMES AND PROVE TO THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD THAT THEY REFUSED TO BE LEFT BEHIND IN THE MARCH TOWARDS A NEW AGE.

    EARLIER, IN AN ADDRESS OF WELCOME, THE ASANTEHENE (KING OF THE ASHANIS), SIR OSEI AGYENAN, PREMPAH II, WHO IS PRESIDENT OF THE JOINT HOUSES OF CHIEFS, CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT TO ADVISE COMMISSIONERS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF STOOL LAND ('CROWN' LAND - THE STOOL IS A SYMBOL OF THE CHIEFS' AUTHORITY) AND FORESTRY TO SUSPEND ALL APPROVALS GIVEN FOR TIMBER AND DIAMOND CONCESSIONS ON WHICH THE 'STOOLS' AND 'SKINS' WERE NOT CONSULTED. HE ALSO APPEALED TO THE NATIONAL LIBERATION COUNCIL (THE GOVERNMENT) TO SUSPEND ALL CHIEFTAINCY MATTERS BECAUSE OF THE IMPENDING GENERAL ELECTIONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB98BRAB9L5EIG1EVJUTZTBRRJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAB98BRAB9L5EIG1EVJUTZTBRRJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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