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23.11.2019 Feature Article

Madam Akuffo, Why Were You Appointed The Chief Justice Of Ghana?

Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, photo credit: Ghana media
NOV 23, 2019 FEATURE ARTICLE
Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo, photo credit: Ghana media

The judiciary has special responsibility for the fate of Ghana, for the simultaneous implementation of economic, administrative and political reform, therefore, the constitutional stability of the Ghanaian society depends on the effectiveness of the courts.

Madam Sophia Akuffo, on June 19, 2017, the current Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo Addo, appointed you in as the Chief Justice in Ghana.

However, today, when many legal postulates and principles are being reviewed and reassessed under your administration, it may likely be that you are the worst Chief Justice ever appointed by any government in Ghana.

I don't like to write about the ex-Ghanaian leader, John Mahama, because he is not the current president of Ghana, thus; if I am criticizing the judiciary at the moment, my article reflects on the government of NPP, led by Nana Akufo Addo.

If you want to know how corrupt and inefficient the judiciary system of Ghana is, just dig deep into the past or current record and tell me or sincere Ghanaians, how many corruptible high Ghanaian officials have escaped real justice and now enjoying impunity?

In Ghana, elites don't go to jail, even if caught red-handed taking bribes or evading tax. Serious crimes that often lead to the resignation of high government officials in the developed world are tolerated in Ghana, yet you think you are doing a wonderful job.

Over six decades after Ghana attained its independence, the country's justice system has never been effective and those who had wanted to make a change in the country were brutally murdered.

Yes, Justices Kwadwo Adjei Agyepong, Poku Sarkodie and Mrs. Cecelia Koranteng-Addow and Samuel Acquah, a retired Major in the Ghana Armed Forces were abducted in 1982, shot dead and their bodies were set on fire. Those behind the horrible crime escaped justice until today.

The same ineffectiveness runs in all the administration in Ghana, including the judiciary and the police service today.

People are being hired to carry out assassinations, without any justice for the family of the victims. The type of history you have made in Ghana is, elites don’t go to jail, only goat thieves are jailed annually.

It seems Ghana needs a Chief Justice, therefore, it's necessary for Akufo Addo to appoint one, however, you have forgotten that the court is part of society, and there is no reason to believe that our judicial system is more ineffective, more affected by confusion and corruption throughout Ghana.

In my opinion, I think it will provoke a thief or an armed robber to terrorize people, the fact that he sees corrupt government officials continue to steal money and evade tax, yet they all enjoy impunity. Probably, these are some of the reasons armed robbery has increased significantly in Ghana.

However, in fairness it must be said that the crimes that take place in Ghana don’t only put the lives of people in danger but also affects the economic growth of the country, as money stolen from the country to foreign banks discourages domestic investments, reduce firms' competitiveness and reallocate resources creating uncertainty and inefficiency.

Ghana as a country has become a laughing stock in the eyes of foreign missions in the country as politicians boast of the incompetence they called competence.

The situation when a wealthy Ghanaian, who has committed a crime, can buy himself more comfortable freedom is widespread throughout Ghana. This weakens or destroys the growth of any country.

In most cases, the government still engages the activities of the criminal, instead of going to jail or resignation because they think that might affect the political party he belongs to.

Creating an effective judiciary in Ghana is long overdue, Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo. Don't be happy about this sad state of the country's judiciary system, please, do something about it.

No matter how hard the government tries to impress the world or Ghanaians that it’s doing a good job, while operating this kind of mockery judiciary system, will never be respected by any developed world. Indeed, Ghana’s judiciary system is a joke.

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Joel Savage
Joel Savage, © 2019

Joel Savage is a Ghanaian-Belgian journalist and author. The accredited press-card holder of the Flemish Journalists Association once contributed regularly to the features column of the Daily Graphic, The Mirror, Ghanaian Times and the Weekly Spectator. The writer currently lives in Belgium., Column Page: JoelSavage

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