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General News of Monday, 8 February 2021


Can the apology of Muntaka heal the wound inflicted on our judges? - JUSAG

President of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana, Mr. Alex Nartey has quizzed if the apology by Muntaka Mubarak can wash away the harm his allegation has caused the image of the Supreme Court.

Mr. Nartey indicated that the allegation of bribery against a judge was scandalous and an attack on the judiciary.

He said it is not easy for a Supreme Court judge to accept or give bribes because their office is not for a child’s play.

He said it would be for the Chief Justice and his investigative body to deal with the matter.

“Can Muntaka’s apology wash away the harm his allegation has caused the image of the Supreme Court?”

“Can his allegation heal the wound inflicted on the Supreme Court judges and to what extent?”

Mr. Nartey went on to state that this behaviour by the legislator has affected the entire country.

Politicians, he advised, should not love their parties more than Ghana because when that is done, it will set as a bad example for the next generation.

Meanwhile, he has asked parliament not to allow politics to make them burry this issue.

He said the legislature should be wise and not allow this matter to die.

He added that if parliament loves Ghana, they should do the needful.

The allegation he stated was carelessly made and irresponsible and the same must be condemned.

He said the Constitution respects the Supreme Court hence anyone who makes claims against them must be circumspect and measured.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase Constituency, Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka has apologized for any harm done to the image and reputation of the Lord Justices of the Supreme Court and members of the Judiciary.

In a statement, the legislator said he was sorry for generalizing his allegation of a bribe by a judge to an NDC MP to influence her in the election of a Speaker of Parliament.

“Based upon good counsel, I have also decided to let sleeping dogs lie and will consequently refrain from any further public commentary on the matter which, as I have indicated was originally reported to me by a female colleague Parliamentarian,”

He admitted in his press release that not specifically naming any judge “may have had the effect of scandalizing the judiciary in its entirety.”

“This unintended consequence is deeply regretted,” he added.

“It is my fervent prayer that the existing historic cordial relations between the legislature and the judiciary will not be affected by this incident but will continue to grow in the interest of the country,” the statement concluded.

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