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Arthur K Writes: Once Again, Our Judges Are In The News For The Wrong Reasons | Politics

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Once again, our judges are in the news for the wrong reasons.

Speaking at a sensitization workshop on National Security strategy for judges, Hon. Kan Dapaah echoed concerns about public confidence in the judiciary.

He said, “Injustice occasioned as a result of the absence of an effective justice delivery system or delayed justice or biased justice is certainly a threat to national security. Indeed when Injustice occurs, particularly in situations where the bench which is considered the final arbiter of justice is deemed biased, citizens tend to take the law into their own hands most of the time without recourse to established systems of justice delivery. If the interpretation of the law is tilted in our favour all the time, people will start accusing the judiciary and will not have the confidence that they need.”

Following these commonsense remarks, Mr. Dapaah has faced a barrage of criticisms, mostly from the governing NPP. The most detailed of these criticisms was from former Attorney General Ayikoi Otoo.

The former Attorney General said, “I am sorry to say that I don’t think he sought legal advice ( before commenting) because judges have taken an oath to do justice to all manner of persons without fear or favour, ill-will or affection.

He was saying that if someone brings a bad case, the Supreme Court must give a decision to favour that person because a ruling for you will make people feel there is something wrong.”

Now before commenting on these matters, let me confess my ignorance of the “I-put-it-to-you” procedures. I am NOT one of Ayikoi Otoo’s learned friends and I have not sought legal advice. But it shouldn’t matter. Our constitution recognizes the interest of laypeople in the law by making it possible for us to petition the Supreme.

Our President implored us, admiringly, “to be citizens, not spectators” and a National Security Minister who has been in charge of both Defense and Interior is not just a citizen–he is a leader. And if my memory serves me right in the contempt case involving then NPP General Secretary, “Sir John”, one Ayikoi Otoo, steeped the law, invoked a defense rooted in commonsense and culture. He told the Supreme Court that Sir John had committed “contempt of court” because of “Gbesi”! Now, I am ignorant of the law but I am sure a defense based on “Gbesi”, until Ayikoi invoked it, was not a legal principle!

To return to Kan Dapaah, he wasn’t warning against theoretical dangers. We are already seeing the effects of waning public and political confidence in our courts. Former President Mahama has served notice that the next elections will be settled, not at the Supreme Court but “at the polling stations” and that they would be a “do or die” affair.

And it does not help the public’s confidence in the courts that the NPP has become its reflexive defender– a practice of defending independent state agencies that is unfortunately bipartisan and in evidence when the NDC is also in power.

Now, unanimous opinions have their place–as was demonstrated to positive effect in Brown vs Board of Education in 1954 and the case and the case of the Nixon tapes in 1974 in the US. But they are uncommon for a good reason. Courts must reflect honestly the differences in a society to earn the public’s confidence.

That is why, according to ABC News analysis, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously only 48% in the last decade and Canada’s Supreme Court did so only 40% in 2019. And knowledge of the law is no insurance against wrong and even bad Court decisions. That is why courts reverse themselves.

The Dredd Scott and Plessy vs Ferguson decisions in the US, as well as re:Akoto decision in Ghana were delivered by learned judges. And as Atuguba warned about politics and Anas demonstrated with goats and cash, our courts can be influenced by more than the law.
Kan Dapaah was right and we must heed his wise and patriotic counsel.

Courts that are seen as biased cease to ensure justice and become, as he said, a threat to national security.

Long live Ghana.

Arthur Kobina Kennedy (April 12th, 2022)

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It All Began Under Mahama – Abu Jinapor On Achimota Forest Saga | Politics

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The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, has indicated that former President John Mahama, by executive approval, gave out Achimota Forest for redevelopment in 2013.

He made this remark while debunking reports that the ruling government has sold Achimota Forest.

Speaking in an interview on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, he said: “on September 5, 2013, the then President, John Dramani Mahama, gave Executive Approval for the conversion of the forest reserve into an ecotourism park, and to release the peripheral portions of the forest reserve to the Owoo family, in accordance with the recommendations of the committee”.

The minister explained that because the land remained a forest reserve, by virtue of Order 31 of 1930, the lessees and sub-lessees could not develop the land, although they had obtained all the necessary permits.

He said pursuant to the same Executive Approval, the Forestry Commission, acting on behalf of President entered into an agreement with Aikan Capital, a limited liability company, for the development of core areas of the forest into an eco-tourism park.

The commission also executed a lease agreement with the company in February 2016, by which 227.84 hectares of the reserve were leased to the company to undertake the planned development.

“The Owoo family and their grantees, in a bid to develop the peripheral portions of the land which had already been granted to them, continued to petition the government to release of the peripheral portions as a forest reserve,” Mr Jinapor added.

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Overnight Achievers; Ablakwa, Kwakye Ofosu, Sammy Awuku, Eugene Arhin, Et Al ‘Stealing’ Wealth From State Coffers – Maurice Ampaw Alleges  | Politics

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Controversial Lawyer, Maurice Ampaw says some ‘babies in diapers’ have in a short period become ‘millionaires’ – something they would have struggled to achieve if they did not venture into politics.
 
According to him, politics in Ghana has become the fastest way for just any ordinary person to become rich.
 
He named the likes of Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Okudzeto Ablakwa, NDC’s Felix Kwakye Ofosu, the National Youth Organiser of the NPP, Henry Nana Boakye, Director General, National Lottery Authority, Sammy Awuku among others who have suddenly become “rich” with their involvement into politics.
 
Lawyer Ampaw argued that the acquisition of wealth among some young politicians in the country is alarming – he, however, called on the office of the Special Prosecutor (SP) to investigate them to save the public purse.
 
“We know them, you don’t need lawyer Ampaw to mention names. Their quest to be MPs and acquisition of properties is mind-blowing. They are overnight achievers; they have not suffered enough.”
 
“Someone like Okudzeto Ablakwa, Felix Kwakye Ofosu among others have done nothing in life but rich now, we saw the lavish wedding by Okudzeto Ablakwa in this country. Where did he get the money from as a university graduate with no working experience?”
 
“I have known Okudzeto Ablakwa from years back. He couldn’t even afford to pay for his car maintenance. He was nobody but when he entered politics, things changed drastically. As I speak, his new mansion in his hometown is more than a palace,” he claimed.
 
Lawyer Ampaw further said the Nana Addo-led government is also breeding ‘young yet powerful’ politicians who are stealing from his government.
 
“Who is Sammy Awuku, ‘boys abr3’? a lot of them, what have they done in life. Nana B, Asenso and the rest. They are a lot them, right from university they entered politics and are rich now,” he said in an interview with NEAT FM’s morning show, ‘Ghana Montie’, Thursday, 19th May 2022.
 
Lawyer Ampaw, who was discussing the Special Prosecutor’s role to protect the public purse told host, Akwasi Aboagye that – “All these boys from Mahama’s time to President Nana Addo’s time must be investigated on how they are making their money.”
 
“There are so many things happening in this country. People are stealing from the state,” he lamented.
 
“Someone like Eugene Arhin [Director of communications at the office of the president], Jesus Christ, what has he done in life?” he questioned.

Source: King Edward Ambrose Washman Addo/peacefmonline.com/ghana

 

 

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Majority Chief Whip Urges Western World Not To Be Passive In Geo-politics of The World | Politics

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The Majority Chief Whip and MP for Nsawam/Adoagyiri constituency, Hon Frank Annoh-Dompreh has urged the western world not to be passive in the geo-politics of the world especially Africa.

He observed that anytime the western world became passive in global political affairs, autocratic countries such as China and Russia increased their activities to fill the vacuum created by the passive posture of the western world.

The Majority Chief Whip was speaking at the German-African Conference of Parliamentarians 2022, held in Berlin Germany.

The programme was on the theme “Africa and Europe in the age of a new geopolitical rivalry and how to improve bilateral cooperation in the light of the new EU-Africa strategy adopted in February 2022”.

Representatives from Africa and Europe attended the conference.

Frank Annoh-Dompreh also urged African countries to focus on their priorities and harness their natural resources towards national development.

He also urged citizens of Africa to hold their governments accountable in order to make them take decisions in the best interest of the people.

Source: Emmanuel Akorli/Parliamentary Correspondent/Peace FM

 

 

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