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Title:'Gone But Not Forgotten': Chieftaincy, Accountability and State Audit in Ghana, 1993-99
Author:Sakyi, E. Kojo
Year:2003
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:7
Issue:1
Pages:131-145
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:chieftaincy
accounting
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
Management, Public Administration
Chiefdoms
governance
Auditing
political science
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487381
Abstract:Chieftaincy, though the oldest and most respected governance institution in Ghana, has been neglected and marginalized for a long time. Ghana has implemented far-reaching institutional reforms but not a single reform programme has been directed at improving the institutional capacity of the oldest governance institution of the country. Nevertheless, the Houses of Chiefs and Traditional Councils are still required to submit books of accounts to the Auditor-General. This article evaluates the impact of the Auditor-General's work on the accountability of the chieftaincy institution. It first outlines the history of chieftaincy and its status in the context of the 1992 Constitution and the new local government system. Then it looks at the Auditor-General's reports and gives a review of the major issues raised regarding the financial administration of the Houses of Chiefs and Traditional Councils over the period 1993-1999. These issues include poor accounting, operating without estimates, and unintentional violation of financial regulations, which are all related to a lack of competent staff. The article ends with recommendations for reform. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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