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Politics of Friday, 9 September 2016


Chief warns politicians against foul language

The Paramount Chief of the Lambussie Traditional Area in the Upper West Region, Kuoro Salifu Dy-Yaka, has cautioned political actors against the use of inflammatory language as the nation gets close to the December 7 general election.

Kuoro Dy-Yaka said indiscretion in political utterances could fuel strife with dire repercussions for the entire nation, and urged the political leadership of the country to be mindful of their language.

Welcoming the Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and his entourage to the traditional area last Saturday, Kuoro Dy-Yaka said politicians should also be mindful of how much they engaged the media in order not to provide the substances for media wars.

“As a chief, I am a father, and as you visit the traditional area, I am the father of all so I can advise,” he said.

Acknowledging the virtual balance in strength in terms of numbers between the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the opposition NPP, Kuoro Dy-Yaka said their search for the decisive votes to win power would either be enhanced or undone by their respective political language.

“It is our utterances and our actions which seem to mar our chances (of winning political power), so I think you have to watch your youth and then the media, these two groups,” he said.

Kuoro Dy-Yaka’s admonition comes in the wake of recent compilation and publication of unsavoury political language in the Ghanaian media by the Media Foundation for West Africa.

The publications have found the NPP topping the chart by some distance, with the NDC in tow in the disreputable honours list.

The Lambussie Kuoro said he was moved to make the comment because of the perceived tension that Ghana could “catch fire” this year during the election.

He said while he did not believe that political violence was imminent, “it is very important to listen to what I have said”.

Kuoro Dy-Yaka, who recalled his days at the Tamale Secondary School with Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, the running mate to the presidential candidate of the NPP, expressed gratitude to the parties that had ruled Ghana in recent years for their efforts to develop his traditional area.