A statement signed by Mr Kwadwo Asante, the Secretary of the Kwahu Peace Preachers, said the quest for development could only prevail in an atmosphere of peace.

The statement was issued in the wake of a recent pronouncement by the Acting President of the Kwahu Traditional Council which was perceived by some people as a declaration of support for a political party.

The pronouncements occurred when he delivered his welcome address at a durbar at Abetifi-Kwahu during the recent “Accounting to the People Tour” to the Eastern Region by President John Mahama.

“Traditionally, our chiefs are expected to work assiduously for our welfare and development. However, no chief can bring about any meaningful development to his area of jurisdiction unless he does so with the help of the central government,” it said.

“It is not surprising that a number of chiefs have incurred the displeasure of some people in the course of their fight for development when their speeches were perceived to be political in nature,” the statement said.

It said the traditional ruler expressed his wish that the present administration would complete its unfinished projects before its term of office is over.

“Unfortunately, the appeal from the traditional ruler to the government was misconstrued to represent his support for a particular political party, knowing very well that chiefs are strictly barred from doing so,” the statement said.

It said we are duty bound to respect our Head of State, all heads of political parties, chiefs, elders, opinion leaders and indeed ourselves.

The statement said, “It is the fervent prayer of the Kwahu Peace Preachers that we freely stay divided in our political persuasions but tightly united in our search for the upliftment of our communities.

Let us analyse everything in this period of election campaigns in the light of truthfulness and brotherliness in order to avoid suspicion and mistrust among ourselves, it said.

Source: GNA

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