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General News of Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Source: My News GH

Opuni trial judge who openly ‘campaigned’ for Akufo-Addo 2020 elevated to Supreme Court

Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga, who is sitting on the case involving the former Ghana Cocoa Board boss, Dr. Stephen Opuni and businessman, Seidu Agongo and who declared his support for President Akufo-Addo, during his tour of the Oti and Volta regions has been elevated to the Supreme court, MyNewsGH.com has filed.

He along with one other Appeals Court judge Justice Issifu Omoro Tanko Amadu and renowned lawyer Yoni Kulendi will replace three justices who are on retirement or are due for retirement this year from the Apex court.

Justice Honyenuga who serves as a Court of Appeal judge presiding over the case as additional High Court Judge, had declared support for President Akufo-Addo and the New Patriotic Party (NPP), in his capacity as the Paramount Chief of the Nyagbo Traditional Area, Torgbui Ashui Nyagasi V.

Many argued that his professional duties as a judge, which requires him to be neutral and apolitical barred him from making the declaration he made.

The Graphic newspaper had quoted him as calling on Ghanaians to give President Akufo-Addo, another term to implement his vision for the country.

“We wish to congratulate you for the excellent manner you are governing this dear country of ours, it is our hope that with your vision and the gains made in your first term, Ghanaians may consider giving you another four years,” he had said.

The Opuni case has also been cited as a “political” case.

It is among the cases the Akufo-Addo government is prosecuting against appointees of John Dramani Mahama, as a testimony of the corruption which existed under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.

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