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01.03.2006 Crime & Punishment

Akaboha in Dilemma

By The Sun

… As Court Adjourns Judgement

COUNTLESS Members of the Musama Disco Christo Church (MDCC) who stormed the Agona Swedru High Court with high expectations to hear the judgement of the legal battle between defrocked Akaboha, Prophet Miritaiah Jonah Jehu Appiah, and the church leadership went home disappointed last Thursday.

Crowded in white clothes and ready to take to the streets of Swedru in an anticipation of victory, the members of MDCC started arriving at Swedru High Court as early as 6.30 am but their expectations were short-lived when Justice Senyo Dzemefe adjourned the case to Thursday, March 2, followed the absence in court by legal counsels for both sides when the case was called up around 9.00 am last Thursday. Dilemma Most of the Akaboha's supporters mostly women who had put on white clothes with much anticipation of victory and their counterparts from the church leadership who captured every space around the court were seen in group after the adjournment discussing about what would have been the possible outcome of the case.

The two factions had divided themselves into two groups at the court premises with each group blaming their legal team for showing up late to duty. However, the counsel for the church leadership led by Lawyer Bentum of Adumoah Bossman Chambers in Accra were the first to arrive which was later followed by Akaboha's lawyers from Takoradi, Lawyers.

Akaboha had earlier told the court that he would prefer the presence of his counsels when the Judge asked if the case should be proceeded without counsels from the parties.

“We have been disappointed, I don't even know how to go back home, we have been dreaming of this day but see what lateness by the counsels have done to us,” one of the pastors was captured as telling one member. About three years ago the church leadership filled a writ at Agona Swedru High Court to formally declare the prophet unfit to lead the church as the spiritual head. They alleged among other things, that Akaboha was living a life that was questionable as a Man of God.

However, the prophet had debunked all the allegations against him as baseless and unfounded.

After address by both counsels late last year, Justice Senyo fixed last Thursday to pass the judgement.

Meanwhile the paper can report that security measures had been put in place to contain the situation that may arise after the judgement by the court.