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General News of Friday, 29 July 2016


Chief Justice doing politics with Supreme Court - Dep. Minister-designate

An audio obtained by reveals that a deputy minister of state was part of the contemptuous discussion on Accra-based Montie FM and accused the Chief Justice of plotting war on Ghana with the opposition New Patriotic Party.

John Oti Bless who was recently nominated by President John Mahama as deputy minister at the local government ministry was heard on the tape impugning partisan considerations in the conduct of the Chief Justice during the election petition hearing.

“Today we have a CJ who because of a Political favour done her, will do anything to help the NPP. It is an agenda. The electoral commission should stop working and give it to Georgina Wood. Why? Meddling in the affairs of the Electoral Commission. And we have a whole CJ, look at how old you are; you have kids and grandchildren and yet you are at the Court doing politics; you deliberately appoint NPP Judges to do politics and scheme with NPP to give biased rulings. Are you not calling for war? Are you not calling for civil war? Are you not destroying this country?” he said when he appeared on the ‘Pampaso’ political show on June 24.

He continued: “We have to watch this Chief Justice. My brother Mugabe, I am telling you, when you go to the Supreme Court today, the Chief Justice is fighting one worker all because of politics. Let me give you a last filla. Do you know that during the Election Petition case, these people made a plot to kidnap a child of Tony Lithur, who was lawyer for our Excellency John Mahama so he would not concentrate on the case?”

When contacted the minister-designate, he said: "What is wrong with one going to the studio to speak your mind. I don't have time for these things".

Meanwhile, three other people who appeared on the show have been jailed by the court.

Host of Montie FM’s political talk show ‘Pampaso’ Salifu Maase, popularly known as Mugabe, and two panelists, Alistair Nelson, and Godwin Ako Gunn both of the National Democratic Congress were jailed four months by the Supreme Court on Wednesday for contempt.

Click to listen to audio below