Traditional authorities from Ga, Osu and Ngleshi Alata have appealed to all residents in the country’s capital not to trifle with norms and traditions of their people.
According to them, recent disasters are a result of individuals and groups flouting their “simple traditional norms and customary rituals”.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, the authorities cited the #DumsorMustStop procession-cum-vigil as cause of June 3’s disaster. The Ga chiefs had asked the police to stop the event as they claimed it would disturb the gods in that period. The event was held, notwithstanding.
The traditional authorities indicated that the Bukom Banku-Ayittey Powers’ fight last year is also a case in point where the Ga customs were contravened.
The authorities claim the same posture by Ghanaians led to the loss of 126 lives on May 9, 2001 in what has now become known as the ‘May 9 Stadium Disaster’.
“We, therefore, wish to appeal to all residents that in Accra and its environs to observe the simple traditional norms and customary rituals as initiated by the Gas to ensure peace which is devoid of any calamity in the capital.
“We deem it unfortunate in spite of these calamities certain groups of people resident in Accra continue to flout the ban when it is placed on activities in Accra.”