The wearing of special clothing and the sharing of food during funerals in the area have been outlawed by the chiefs of Agona Swedru in the Central region.
The Acting Chief of Agona Swedru, Nana Kweku Esseini (V), revealed this development in a conversation with Adom News. He emphasized that this action had been taken through a municipal bye-law.
During the celebration of the Agona Swedru St Anthony Catholic Church’s 100th anniversary, Nana Kweku Esseini (V) made this declaration.
This strong measure, according to him, was taken to persuade families to put the money traditionally spent on these practices into the education of their surviving children.
The Acting Chief highlighted that anyone found infringing this bye-law would face a fine of GHS 3,000 and be required to make an offering of a sheep and some schnapps as atonement.
The traditional council stressed the value of strict compliance while downplaying the impact of the cash fine.
The Cape Coast Metropolitan Archbishop, His Grace Rev. Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, responded to this direction by endorsing the idea and praising it as a constructive step.
He expressed his worry about the significant financial outlay Ghanaians frequently make for funerals.