Pubdate: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 Source: Ghanaian Chronicle (Ghana) Copyright: 2011 Ghanaian Chronicle Contact: http://www.ghanaian-chronicle.com/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2455 WHEN A CHIEF OVERSTEPS HIS BOUNDS The Story Is Not Only Bizarre, It Is Scandalous. Information From Ejisu Bisease in the Ashanti Region Indicates That the Chief of The Town, Nana Akwasi Acheampong, Has Incurred the Wrath of Teachers In the Town, Following a Severe Beating He Allegedly Inflicted on A Teacher, on What May Be a Trumped-Up Charge. An Accra daily newspaper reported yesterday that Mr. Francis Carter, a French teacher of the local Municipal Assembly Junior High School, took some friends to a drinking spot in town. While the teacher and his guests were taking it easy, a man appeared and claimed that he could smell the scent of marijuana, known in local parlance as 'wee'. He unilaterally conducted a search on the teacher and his guests. According to information available, he marched the teacher to the chief's palace, even though no marijuana was found on him (the teacher). At the palace, the poor teacher was tied down with a rope, while the chief administered corporal punishment on him. Mr. Carter was said to have been seriously injured in the process. Like teachers at Bisease, who are voting with their feet, The Chronicle is equally baffled by how a teacher could be marched to the chief's palace for the traditional ruler to assault him. We are inviting the police to be interested in this matter. The chief cannot constitute himself into an investigative agency, a court and the prison service, all in one. We are told that apparently, no narcotic drug was found on the teacher or his guests. This episode tells a lot about a traditional ruler who has arrogated powers way beyond himself. In the first place, the chief and his man, who is the messenger in this instance, have no authority under the sun to subject the teacher to any bodily check. If the teacher was suspected of doing anything suspicious, the lawful authority to deal with him is the police. Under the laws of Ghana, the police have the power of investigation to establish whether or not an offence has been committed. When the offence has been established, the police then apply to the courts for the establishment of guilt or otherwise. No chief has the authority to deal with matters bordering on crime, let alone the administering of corporal punishment. Nana Acheampong has to be reported to the police for the law to deal with him. The fact that he is the chief of the town does not confer the powers of the police and the courts in him. Let him concern himself with leading his people to develop his area of authority. In the interim, The Chronicle is appealing to teachers in the area, who have abandoned the classroom, to kindly return in the interest of the kids under their care. We do not believe the sins of the chief should be visited on the poor children - --- MAP posted-by: Richard R Smith Jr.