Halt Your Abortive Appointment of Judges, It is Illegal – NDC Caution Akufo – Addo, CJ

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General Secretary of the Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Fifi Fiavi Kwetey, has cautioned the Chief Justice, Mrs. Gertrude Araba Esaba Torkonoo, to desist from what he calls an unsolicited and unconstitutional request she allegedly made to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the appointment of five additional Supreme Court Judges.

According to him, this move is part of a grand agenda by the President and his NPP-led administration to pack the court with judges who are sympathetic to the NPP to serve their political interests.

At a press conference in Accra last Thursday to disclose this hidden agenda, Mr. Fifi Kwetey said the brazen overreach into the judiciary to appoint loyalists was a breach of trust that undermined the spirit of meritocracy.

The NDC General Secretary demanded judicial independence and called on the Chief Justice to resist any pressure from the Executive Arm of Government to influence judicial appointments.

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He further demanded that any future appointments to the Supreme Court must strictly follow the constitutional process, involving industry players such as the Judicial Council and the Ghana Bar Association.

As the biggest opposition party, the NDC suspects manipulation by the Executive in the affairs of the judiciary. They called for transparency and accountability in future appointments of Supreme Court judges, with full disclosure of the criteria and processes used in their selection.

The five judges include Her Ladyship Justice Angelina Mensah Homiah, His Lordship Justice Eric Kyei Baffour, His Lordship Justice Edward Amoako Asante, Her Ladyship Justice Afia Asare Botwe, and Her Ladyship Justice Cyra Pamela C. A. Koranteng.

Mr. Fifi Kwetey called on everyone to fight tirelessly to ensure that justice prevails.

 

By Margaret Esaah Boakye

 

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