Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs
Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs

The Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Samuel Kofi Dzamesi, has rubbished media reports that his outfit is considering a proposal to build a national shrine for traditional leaders in the country.

Mr Dzamesi was reported to have said at a press conference in Accra on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, that a number of traditional leaders had appealed to the government for the construction of a national shrine.

The minister was alleged to have also said it is right for traditional leaders in the country to request for a national shrine, especially when the Islamic and Christian faiths in the country have a national mosque and a national cathedral respectively.

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But, reacting to the issue on Adom FM’s morning show Dwaso Nsem on Thursday, Mr Dzamesi said the reports were a misrepresentation of the facts.

“Just yesterday at my press briefing, someone asked a question why the government isn’t putting up a shrine, rather concentrating on building a national cathedral. And I responded by saying that some Wolomei (GA Traditional Priests) have presented a petition on that,” he said.

“And we can only look at their plea, but I never said I was going to build a national shrine,” he said angrily.