Chieftaincy in Ghana

Before colonial rule, traditional authority evolved in correspondence with changing conditions such as in the direction of major trade routes, in the location of international markets, struggles for the control of natural resources, and the rise of expansionist ideologies. Since British colonial rule, the organisations and functions of the institutions have been shaped by political engineering in the form of British Orders in Council or Ordinances of the Gold Coast Legislative Assembly and of the relevant provisions of the Constitutions of the Republic of Ghana: 1960, 1969, 1979 and 1992.

The Independence Constitution Order-in-Council of 6th March, 1957, guaranteed the institution of Chieftaincy in accordance with customary law and usage, provided for regional assemblies, mainly with Local Government functions, and Houses of Chiefs in the regions.

Article 13 of the 1960 First Republic Constitution guaranteed and preserved the institution of Chieftaincy but in the form that the Government wanted it. The Chieftaincy Act (81) of 1961 consolidated previous enactments on Chieftaincy. The remaining provisions of the Act made it clear that Chiefs could function only in the manner that suited the Central Government.

The 1969 Second Republic Constitution guaranteed the institution of Chieftaincy and also provided for the establishment of a National House of Chiefs. The National House of Chiefs was to consist of five (5) members each from all the Regional Houses of Chiefs.

The 1979 Third Republic Constitution guaranteed the institution of Chieftaincy together with its Traditional Councils. It also provided that Parliament shall have no power to enact legislation which confess on any person or authority the right to accord or withdraw recognition to or from a Chief.

The 1992 Fourth Republic Constitution guaranteed and preserved the institution of Chieftaincy. It also enjoined the Houses of Chiefs to undertake the evaluation of Traditional customs and usages with a view to eliminating those that are outmoded and socially harmful. It also barred Chiefs from taking part in active party politics, and that those who wish to do so should abdicate. Notwithstanding, Chiefs may be appointed to public offices.

Who we are

The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs (MCRA) was established by Executive Instrument (E.I.) 28 Civil Service (Ministries) Instrument 2017 and as part of the Civil Service of Ghana established by PNDCL 327, 1993 with specific functions and roles as provided by law. The Ministry’s objective in line with the legal provisions, its mission and vision is to have oversight responsibility for Chieftaincy and Religious institutions for peaceful co-existence and national development.

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Hon. Minister Ebenezer Kojo Kum (MP)
TRADITIONAL COUNCILS INAUGURATED

TRADITIONAL COUNCILS INAUGURATED

SAVANNAH REGION GETS FOUR NEW TRADITIONAL COUNCILS Four Traditional Areas in the Savannah Region have been granted Traditional Council status. The status has legislative backing, conferring the presidency of the Council on the Paramount Chiefs of the areas, and granting the power to establish traditional committees in the pursuit of effective leadership. The four traditional […]

MINISTRY OF CHIEFTAINCY AND RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS JOINS GREEN GHANA DAY

MINISTRY OF CHIEFTAINCY AND RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS JOINS GREEN GHANA DAY

MINISTRY OF CHIEFTAINCY AND RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS JOINS GREEN GHANA DAY The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs on Friday joined thousands of well-meaning Ghanaians to plant trees across the country. The Chief Director, Mr. Benjamin Afful, led the staff of the Ministry to plant a number of trees at the forecourt of the Ministry as part […]

DISCLAIMER

DISCLAIMER

DISCLAIMER Our attention has been drawn to a directive purported to have been made by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, and circulating in the media space to the effect that personnel in the service of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) under the Ministry should be relieved of their duties. The Ministry wishes to state […]

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The Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs
(MCRA) is established by Executive Instrument 2017.
The Ministry forms part of the Civil Service of Ghana
established by PNDCL 327, 1993 with specific functions
and roles as provided by law. The Ministry’s objective
in line with legal provisions, its mission and vision
is to have oversight responsibility for the Chieftaincy
and Religious sector for peaceful co-existence,
integration, tolerance and national development.

Sekou Toure Street - Ridge, Accra

Tel: +233 0302952370

Email: info@mcra.gov.gh