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27.03.2007 General News

Tony Aidoo raps Supreme Court judge

A leading member of the NDC, Dr Tony Aidoo has described as a display of ignorance, Supreme Court Judge Professor K.P Kludze's labeling of the 1992 Constitution as a military-imposed document.

Speaking on an Accra-based FM radio station about President Kufuor's reported intention to propose an amendment to the Constitution to introduce a Prime Minister position, Professor Kludze labeled the Constitution as a military-based document with some Articles entrenched and cumbersome to amend.

The Supreme Court Judge's description drew reactions from some lawyers.

The dailyEXPRESS newspaper says when it contacted Dr Tony Aidoo, who was a member if the Consultative Assembly that drafted the constitution for his reaction, he characteristically described the Judge's labeling as "coming from an ignorant and loud mouth who doesn't know what went into the formulation of the 1992 Constitutional provisions.”

Explaining his disagreement with the learned judge, Dr Aidoo, a former University Lecturer and deputy minister for defence said a series of regional fora were held across the ten regions of the country to afford (ordinary) people the opportunity to voice their concerns over the system of government they would like the country to adopt for her democratic process.

"People were given the opportunity to make contributions as to what kind of provisions with respect to the structure of government, the constitutional institutions affecting the matters of human rights and public administration”, he said.

According to Dr. Tony Aidoo it is the views collated during the various fora that the National Commission for Democracy, then headed by the late Justice D.F Annan passed on to the Consultative Assembly.

These views and other proposals were examined, the pros and cons debated and considered by the assembly chaired by Nana (Dr) S.K.B Asante, and which included people of various backgrounds.

Dr. Tony Aidoo said the broad consultations, the debates and views that went into the work of the assembly do not qualify the outcome of that work, the 1992 Constitution to be labeled a military-imposed constitution.