The Naa PUOWELE KARBO III also known as Edward Puowele Karbo is the chief of the Lawra Traditional Area in the Upper West Region.

He was enstooled on the 23rd of June 2007 and he is the current vice president of the National House of Chiefs.

He holds a post graduate certificate in Transport Planning Management and Highway Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney-Australia among several other certifications. He was a former director of Town and Country Department due to his expertise in Planning.

He brings to the National House a vast knowledge to improve the chieftaincy institution.

The National House of Chiefs is established by Article 274 (1) of the 1992 Constitution and Section 1 (1) of the Chieftaincy Act 2008, Act 759. The House derives its Mandate from Article 271 of the 1992 Constitution and Section 1 of the Chieftaincy Act 2008 Act 759.

The National House of Chiefs exists to exercise appellate jurisdiction in any cause on matter affecting chieftaincy which has been determined by the Regional House of Chiefs in a region.  The House under Article 273 (5) of the 1992 Constitution also exercises original jurisdiction in certain causes or matters affecting chieftaincy.

Aside the above functions, the National House of Chiefs, under Article 272 of the 1992 Constitution performs the following functions:

  • Advise any person or authority charged with any responsibility under this Constitution or any other law for any matter relating to or affecting chieftaincy;
  • Undertake the progressive study, interpretation and codification of customary law with a view to evolving, in appropriate cases, a unified system of rules of customary law, and compiling the customary laws and lines of succession applicable to each stool or skin;
  • Undertake an evaluation of traditional customs and usages with a view to eliminating those customs and usages that are outmoded and socially harmful;
  • Perform such other functions, not being inconsistent with any function assigned to the House of Chiefs of a region, as Parliament may refer to it.