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Columnist: Okoampa-Ahoofe, Kwame

Mahama Is In Contempt Of The Supreme Court


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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.



Now we know exactly what he means, when Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama asserts that he will abide by any verdict delivered by the Atuguba-presided Supreme Court hearing the Election 2012 petition brought before it by last December's presidential candidate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).



As Mr. Samuel Okudzeto, the distinguished former president of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) carpingly observed recently, it is disturbingly clear that Mr. Mahama is hell-bent on contemptuously prejudicing the Supreme Court's petition hearings in his favor (See "Okudzeto Jabs Mahama Over Election Victory Comment" Radioxyzonline.com/ Ghanaweb.com 6/13/13).



Indeed, President Mahama cannot pretend not to appreciate the rather tired judicial terminology of "Sub-Judice," or the imperative citizenship obligation not to publicly comment on any controversial case being deliberated upon by any legitimately constituted court of the land. And so we all know now that Mr. Mahama is both a compulsive and a congenital liar who ought not to be ruling our country. And this is precisely the sort of consternation so poignantly, albeit curiously diplomatically, expressed by Mr. Okudzeto, when the veteran statesman and former GBA president regretfully noted that the frenziedly embattled Mr. Mahama ought not to have moved so drastically away from his earlier "noble" public assurance that "he would abide by whatever verdict the [Supreme] Court reaches."



We have decided to let the Ghanaian electorate and the citizenry at large decide on the "noble" dimension of the attitude taken by Mr. Mahama towards the ongoing Election 2012 presidential petition hearings. And, of course, on the latter score must be promptly recalled the fact that during festivities marking the 21st anniversary of the mischievously suave morphing of the erstwhile Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) into the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Mahama was widely reported to have declared to party members, supporters and sympathizers as follows: "Our victory was won cleanly and fairly.... Justice will be served and cannot come to any other conclusion than acknowledging the very transparent, free and fair victory that we won at the elections [polls?]."



That the preceding quote is the kind of rhetorical belligerence that provoked such apocalyptic infernos as Rwanda, Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone can hardly be gainsaid. As well, Mr. Mahama's pronouncement seriously undermines the integrity of Ghana's judicial system, and one fervidly hopes that the operatives of the International Criminal Court (ICC)are paying sedulous attention.



Needless to say, it is this kind of entrenched intolerance that makes the National Democratic Congress immitigably and inexcusably dangerous and inimical to the salutary development of Ghanaian democracy. There is, however, one positive corollary to this patently intemperate and bratty tantrum expressed by President Mahama; and it is the fact that his grossly contradictory and entrenched position, vis-a-vis the Election 2012 petition hearings, puts his political opponents under no bounden obligation, whatsoever, to accept an unfavorable decision by the Atuguba-presided Supreme Court.



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*Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

Department of English

Nassau Community College of SUNY

Garden City, New York

June 13, 2013

E-mail: okoampaahoofe@optimum.net

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