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Opinions of Saturday, 19 September 2015

Columnist: Amaning, Kwarteng

Now is the hour, supreme court

Exactly two years ago in July, this article starting from the following paragraph was published and many readers from far and near who have been amazed and stultified by the current revelations by Anas Aremeyaw Anas about the rotten judiciary that this dear nation of ours has been reduced to have pleaded en mass for an encore. In fact, many friends and foes from around the world have requested me to publish it again to know the very stuff that our judiciary, one of the powerful arms of government in a democratic dispensation, from top to bottom, is made of. Some have asked that the caption be branded as thus – “The Judiciary’s dirty linen being dried in the open.” Another school of thought also cherishes; “Skeletal remains of the Ghana Judiciary exhumed”; others too delight in ‘Georgina’s Judiciary unmasked’, Georgina’s colleagues disgrace her’, while the last segment also fancies “Rotten Judicial Nuts Spoil the soup”. It is very sad that the CJ who has been embroiled in this scandal of national dimension could have the guts to set up a committee to investigate the sordid revelations under her own nose. It is again very sad because she is the CJ who will retire besmeared with the scandal of this nature. As a principled person, one really wonders whether she herself is not ashamed to stay on. Stay on for what, one may ask? Some attribute the judges’ bribery scandal to the harsh economic measures by the Mahama government since they also feel the pinch so they should be pardoned. But what about those who stood firm and drove the ‘Tiger Eye Team’ away and threatened ‘lock ups?’ Please read on:

Incidentally, Sunday, June 30, 2013, will be the 31st anniversary celebration of the Martyrs’ Day in Ghana. Just as Uganda too celebrates their martyrs day annually, theirs is connected with the genocide of some group of tribesmen who were slaughtered en masse by the white masters and that must have accounted and gingered them to pave way to act as a catalyst. It probably led to the swift attainment of self-rule to gain independence from the colonialists in the 60s. Unlike the Ugandans, Ghana’s version of the martyrs day came about as a result of the fair judgment that some of our honest, impartial, dedicated and distinguished judges determined to give judgment in a case that involved some group of persons at the peril of their lives. For the purposes of doubt, Ghanaians under 30 years of age, foreigners and novices alike i.e. workers of the GIHOC – Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation and the disguised military government – Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) locked horns in a legal battle with Chairman Jerry Rawlings in the saddle. The stage was set and the military junta was woefully defeated.
COMPATRIOTS
In our case, it was not by foreign mercenaries but our own compatriots who clandestinely and cruelly master -minded the heinous murder of the three distinguished judges and the Army Major, Sam Acquah, then the Personnel Manager as sacrificial lambs in cold blood. Pity isn’t it? Justices Cecilia Koranteng-Addow, (then a 5-week old nursing mother), Fred Sarkodie and Agyepong became the victims of that dastard inhuman treatment. As high court judges there and then, the three personalities could have become Supreme Court judges today within the spate of 30 years if premature death had not laid its icy hands on them. Allegedly, their brutal and gruesome murder had the mastermind of the powers that be because, since the late Amartey Kwei, a leading member of the PNDC, was by no means privy to it, no sane person could convince anybody to dissociate the government from the orchestrated bestial act. Just about the time that Amartey Kwei was about to mention big names to incriminate the duo, then he was killed fast. A book entitled ‘The Judges’ Murder Trial’ written by one Daniel Agyekum, a leading member of the Tribunal that tried the suspects Amartey Kwei, Cpl. Gadzekpo, Cpl. Tekpor, L/Cpl. Kwame Amedeka and others clearly testifies that evidence. The author does not really want to, nor intend to rake the already healed wounds of the bereaved families and dear ones but would like the youth of today know about the forgotten history of the sordid past and the predicament of the judicial service and its judges without whom the institution wouldn’t have been there. As the martyrs day has gradually become an annual affair, thanks to the Kufuor Administration through whose instrumentality this Day has been established as remembrance day, it is imperative therefore that they also (these 9 judges) set unparalleled and unprecedented record never before set on the continent to speak the truth.
‘YEN ARA ASASE NI’ SONG
Just as a portion of the famous and celebrated Dr. Ephraim Amu’s song entitled, ‘Yen ara asase ni, eye aboo denden ma yen, mogya na nananom hwiee gu nya de too ho ma yen’ continues with . . . “Aduru me ne wo nso so, se ye beye bi atoa so, nimdee ntra so kotokrane ne apese me nko menya, adi yen bra mu dem, ama yen asaase yi ato mu see”, the subsequent chorus is repeated twice - ‘Oman no se ebeye yie, oman no se ennye yie, eye nsennaho se amanfoo bra na ekyere’ – it therefore behoves on the judiciary to also set an exemplary character without fear or favour so as to be recognized, immortalized and truly remembered one day when they were dead and gone. It is however hoped and believed that the panel of 9 judges that has been empanelled by Her Ladyship, Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, presided over by Justice William Atuguba, would equally stand up to the task ahead and be counted amongst the world’s best as heroes/heroines to follow the footsteps of their forbearers.
DESTINY
In the same vein the break or make of Ghana and moreover, the entire destiny of Ghanaians rested on the integrity and shoulders of Dr. Afari Djan, but, as arrogant as he is, boisterously threw it to the dogs because Ghanaians’ usual traditional national anthem, ‘Fa ma Nyame syndrome’ i.e. just give everything to God and let sleeping dogs lie was so expectant but never came from the vanquished as the case alleged to be involved with enormous criminality was sent to the court for redress, as they were the final arbiters, they are to ensure that justice was seen to be administered to soften the volatile situation other -wise, what wasn’t expected to happen in Ghana, could easily turn around and overtake the whole country by surprise. The writer has no knowledge in soothsaying but your guess could be as good as his. Furthermore, they should bear in mind that it was as a result of fair and truthful judgment without fear or favour that cost the precious lives of their seniors, so they should also try to emulate that shining example for the world to know that indeed, our judicial system was right on track and would not kowtow nor countenance any shred of manipulation from the government of the day since their duty was to serve Mother Ghana and not to satisfy the whims and caprices of any single individual.
NO COURT, NO COURT
In a case between the government of Ghana, i.e. the Republic versus Mr. E.K. Sallah, the then General Manager of the GNTC during which the within-named was reportedly sacked by the government with Prof. Kofi Abrefa Busia as prime minister, the former sent the purported unlawful dismissal case to the law court for redress. During the ensuing legal process, it was evident that the complain -ant would win his case and that prompted the premier to rush to make some ugly noises to dent his political image by shouting hoarse from the roof tops thus – “no court, no court, indicating that as far as he was concerned and as long as he remained the prime minister of the republic, certainly, no, repeat no court in this country had the guts or jurisdiction to continue sitting on that particular case. Many people including the layman on the street and the legal fraternity thought the untenable manner the prime minister reacted to nullify the legal procedures then ongoing, to deprive that public servant in that civil suit, must have accounted for a decline in his democratic credentials. That really must have incurred the displeasure of many people in and outside the country. And this should probably be a test case for future law students to flex their muscles. While this electoral fraud case is quite different from that of the GNTC scenario, it is assumed that the Supreme Court would be the first to quickly dispose of the case to leave it to rest naturally to set the hearts of majority of Ghanaians at peace.
CRIME
However, the following are some salient points the three Ghanaians contesting the case in court must base their arguments to win the favour of the learned jurists:
i) It has always been a crime to take advantage of incumbency to win elections but certainly, politicians in this part of the world have on many occasions glossed over this aspect to bulldoze their way to many a time, win elections with false pretences.
ii) Certainly, there have been some instances that the incumbent has used the military to fly jet fighters to the hinterlands to frighten the village folks to the extent that failure by the electorates to vote for one’s particular party might warrant the destruction of their villages, farms and its produce and poisoning their river bodies.
iii) Equally of importance is the ploy by which the incumbent used the police and the military to intimidate the populace was also another fraudulent mechanism that was unacceptable in any civilized society worldwide.
iv) Except, the physically handicapped persons like the blind, deaf and dumb who may not know exactly what was going on in the country, but to quickly dispatch a team of armed police (whether plain-clothed or whatever) to the campaign office of another contestant with the intention of seizing valuable documents and electoral strategies was a very criminal offence of the highest order that must not be entertained and swept under the carpet so easily.
v) Another aspect of very high criminality and fraudulent intent was the means the incumbent was purported to have used its communication outlet to gag or disrupt the mouthpiece of the opposition’s strong telecommunication network was equally unacceptable anywhere in the world. That means is queer and could only be a crude method that probably was in vogue during the Dark Age or Stone Age eras. The government cannot explicitly dissociate itself from complicity in the NCA’s technical department’s (near the South Africa High Commission at Labone Estates, Accra) gagging process whereby Oman FM and NET 2 channel/network respectively, specifically were both jammed by the misfits out there.
vi) The huge display of monetary gifts to the electorates countrywide is also testamentary evidence of fraud and the government cannot defend itself of not using state resources or dishing its hands into the national kitty (purse). Mr. Kwabena Dufuor, did you hear that? Not until you are dead and gone, one day, surely, not sooner than later, you’d be called upon to answer for your criminal intent and complicity in this electoral fraud, trust me.
vii) That as a result of all these enumerated fraudulent practices, the State must have lost some colossal debts which Ghanaians yet unborn, and through no fault of theirs, might be called upon to pay to be able to live a decent life after this generation has phased off.
viii) That since the conduct or otherwise of Dr. Afari Djan and his accomplices constituted a criminal intent, that action or inaction could best be described in the legal terms as ‘treason’ because Ghana could have been in flames by now if not but for the wisdom and foresighted -ness of the leadership of the opposition parties.
ix) That if Dr. Afari Djan was proved beyond reasonable doubt that in fact this charge being preferred against him found him guilty, the distinguished jury should never ever spare him the rod but to jail him and show him the entry point of the four walls of the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons to serve as a better lesson to all future occupants of the Electoral Commission chair.
x) That in pursuant to the declaration and/or the pronouncement of the final verdict, the unqualified should be told that it was by an accident that he was declared the winner of the just ended elections to forestall peace.
PUZZLE
How many Ghanaians think that they are wiser and more sensible than their brothers/sisters from Rwanda and Cote d’Ivoire? Whatever the answer is please keep it to yourself. The author is neither a soothsayer nor a doomsday prophet who has landed on the Ghanaian soil today. Please help me find an easy answer to the cheating that took place during the days of Isaac in the Bible. Many Christians know the scriptures about how Madam Rebecca helped to outwit the husband Isaac to transfer the heir apparent position to Jacob instead of Esau. Regular readers of the Bible know how Rebecca cleverly, devilishly and cunningly helped switch the hierarchical position from the father and the devastating effect on Jacob, the beneficiary. What do you think would have happened to Jacob if he had not fled to his uncle Laban for refuge? Would it not have ended the life of Jacob if he had not with the decision of the wicked mother fled to Laban in a distant place for out of sight is out of mind? Do you again see how he had to go through some tough ordeals before and after he had left his traditional home? How many readers think that Rebecca did not play the wicked and criminal part of Afari Djan in this biblical scenario?
CONSCIENCE AND INTELLECT
Are conscience and intellect bedfellows? Certainly, not! They are quite apart and have no relationship in anyway whatsoever. Both can be separable and have no bearing with education at all. Fellow countrymen and women, as the men and women of the Supreme Court are mortal beings born of woman, definitely they may be infallible; but that does not mean that their infallibility should however transcend the borders of conscience. As human beings, occasionally, they may make mistakes but whatever mistakes they make should not and never be so glaring that even the blind would be able to notice. Birds of the same feather, they say, flock together. If this saying is anything to by then, the panelists should know that their forebears (Justice Cecilia Koranteng-Addow, Agyepong and Sarkodie) then as High Court judges in 1982,could have been in similar positions as Supreme Court judges today if death, as it were, had not laid its icy hands on them by foul and wicked means. Some of you or many of you may not have been judges then; and even if you were, may have been judges at the magistrate or the circuit courts. This allusion is not by any means trying to impugn your individual capabilities or integrity but the situation has arisen for the necessary comparison to be made to lay bare the claim that you were their subordinates in service. As final arbiters, the Good Lord expects justice from you all. These men and woman defied all odds and gave a good account of themselves hence the institution of the Martyrs’ Day (June 30) that is celebrated every year to commemorate their sordid abduction, blindfolding, cruel murder and final burning of their corpses at Bundase, near Dahwenya on the Accra-Aflao road. There was an unexpected torrential rainfall to quench the blazing fire but even though before their bodies were discovered by a certain Fulani herdsman, they were all charred beyond human comprehension and description. The Good Lord showed his powers that this horrible cruelty should not be allowed to pass without notice hence the rain. The author is of the opinion and has always been his plea that it was better to be a man of integrity and conscience rather than someone who was coerced or forced to do some -thing sometimes, for favours.
BRINK OF COLLAPSE
Ghana could more or less be at the brink of collapse should your judgment have an atom of bias. The break or make of Ghana now hinges on your collective integrity. As men and women of the Supreme Court are naturally endowed with wisdom, conscience and more so, intellect, it would generally be naïve and abnormally absurd to give judgment that would forever remain as an indelible imprint and/or incredible landmark to haunt this Nation Ghana for many years to come. Never ever does the author think that with your status in society, you’d be cajoled to condone and connive to support wrongdoing to close your eyes to disappoint majority of Ghanaians to give an impartial judgment yet, forewarned is forearmed. You should be advised somehow and handled like the plantain in fire; any slight oversight, you might turn into charcoal. But mind you, my very respected jury; there should not be any under-estimation here to exaggerate that our brothers and sisters from Rwanda and Cote d’Ivoire are not the children of God. They are all just like Ghanaians. And there shouldn’t be any gainsaying here that they are war-mongers. Far from it! Natural justice must always prevail to allow for peace for without justice, there would obviously be no peace. The moment justice, repeat, natural justice, is denied and perverted, believe you me, that there would be an eruption of telepathic evolution of all and sundry and that is a fact for we are all living witnesses to the Egyptian, Libyan, Tunisian, and Syrian civilian unrests.
GENOCIDE
Do readers still remember the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that probably has become a taboo in that country? For those who do not know but care to know now, it is quite simple. The murder of the Rwandese president, a Hutu, by the minority Tutsis inflamed passions and triggered the civil war that consumed some 1.5 million souls from both groups – the Tutsis and the Hutus within a spate of time. It was more than the Buffalo Soldier’s (Gen. Arnold Quainoo) inferno promised during the Ghana Arts & Sciences Memorial lectures organized and delivered by the late Prof. Albert Adu Boahen at the British Council Hall, Accra some 20 years ago. History records that the minority Tutsis occupy almost all the major civil and public positions in that country (the head of this, the head of that, the chief director of this, the chief director of that, the CEO of this, the CEO of that) and not until today as you read this piece, things have changed and normalized by way of the official portfolios, then God save the Queen. The situation would not be farfetched from that of Ghana and nobody should raise a finger here. Then continuing, the electoral fraud and malfeasance in neighbouring La Cote d’Ivoire also culminated in the civil war that has landed the power-drunk, power-hungry and blood-thirsty Laurent Gbagbo in the hands of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The incorrigible Charles Taylor now serves a jail term of 50 years and one wonders whether he could ever finish this seemingly indefinite term to return to Monrovia. I could go on and on. Hope readers still remember the story about General Pinochet of Chile? After he had outlashed his compatriots and become a retiree, attention later focused on him to face the full rigours of the law. The word of advice here is that before the honourable court takes their seats, they should always remember at the back of their minds of the Martyrs Day and its symbolic significance to their fraternity. It would only be idiotic for someone to say that Ghanaians were cowards. And it would only be someone living on the Planet Mars who would not challenge if he were cheated like biblical Esau supposedly with the connivance of his mother when power of authority was cunningly transferred to undeserved Jacob. This undeserved transfer would perpetually create acrimony and lifelong rivalry between the two feuding factions.
RUMOUR MILL
For the information of the SC there is rumour mill doing the rounds that some suspected unknown persons have started unlimited treks to the precincts of Nana Akufo Addo’s house. The rumour may or may not be true but in Ghana, every rumour has an atom of truth in it. The logical conclusion here could be that if and when the ruling favours Nana Akufo Addo and by the time the verdict was pronounced he was dead or had been assassinated (MAY GOD FORBID 100 TIMES) by unknown assailants, presumably, by supporters or hired agents or assigns of the other faction, the rightful winner’s party would have no leader but to put the country into the oblivion. In the nutshell, therefore, the writer would be pleased if special caution would be given to the government by the SC to either offer him special security or dissociate itself from this diabolic act.
COAT OF ARMS
As if it was by design or an accident; Ghana’s Coat of Arms has the inscription, ‘Freedom and Justice’ printed in it. That wasn’t to me an accident at all by our freedom fighters i.e. the Big Six – that has Nana Akufo Addo as the only Ghanaian now with the roots from three of them – son of the late Edward Akufo Addo, the ceremonial president during the 2nd Republic when Prof. Kofi Abrefa Busia was the premier; again, Nana is the nephew of the famous Paa Willie who was better known as William Ofori Atta of the United National Convention (UNC) fame that broke away from the Popular Front Party that was led by Victor Owusu; and finally, he is the grandson of the inarguable Doyen of Ghana Politics, Dr. J.B. Danquah. As it has been mentioned earlier above, the decision by our forefathers to ensure the inscription “freedom and justice” was by no means an accident but a very well thought of one. They had the foresight; they were forthright, they were upright in whatever they did and it is now our time and turn to continue with the good works from where they left off vis-à-vis the Dr. Ephraim Amu’s song referred to in one of the above paragraphs. No labourer from the PWD section ever goes to take his salary from the Education ministry at the end of the month. Any slightest departure or intentional deviation from that would not and never for a second be countenanced and all should know that it would definitely be resisted fiercely or by whatever means available to the defenceless masses, so a word to the wise, is enough. The SC should be circumspect and mindful when they compare notes as to the crucial verdict that probably would be the No.1 in a fiercely contested democratic election in Africa that was devoid of blood-letting..
THE TALE OF THE BUTTERFLY
A story is told of a crafty school boy who managed to catch a very beautiful, multi-coloured butterfly. He was so fascinated that what readily came to mind was to take the insect to the school and quiz his class teacher to find out whether his teacher was indeed and really someone who was well cut to be his teacher. This little boy arrived at the classroom late. Because he was late for school, he could not attend the usual morning assembly of the whole school children. As a result of the lateness, the teacher decided to punish him by writing some lines as a way of punishment. This little unsung boy, out of the blue, mustered courage, still with his new found insect in his palm. The next moment, all the whole class could hear was the boy’s humiliating statement thus, ‘Please teacher, I know that you are my teacher; I would be pleased and prepared to write the lines as my punishment but before then, to prove to me that you are my class-teacher capable of teaching me to pass my final exam without any qualms, I’d also like to quiz you before I begin with your punishment. The teacher then asked him to go ahead with his puzzle. Then the boy rose up with the butterfly in hand and said, teacher, I want you to tell me whether the butterfly that I have in my hand was dead or alive. For a brief spell of time, the teacher, in a very pensive mood, hesitated and finally came back with a very genuine and tantalizing answer – ‘O boy, I want to tell you that if I said that the butterfly in your palm now was alive, you would crush it in your hand and open your palm to shame me whereas if I said that it was also dead, you’d open your palm and let it go to create laughter in the class. So the best answer to your puzzle was that the life of this butterfly that has become the centre of controversy between us is entirely in your own hands. Honourable Judges of the Supreme Court, today, the precious life of Ghana or more especially, the destiny of Ghana and Ghanaians is like the butterfly in that school boy’s hand. It is entirely in your own majestic and delicate hands. By your collective decision, and in your own wisdom, you can make or break it but, as Ghana has generally picked the first slot in major issues and global inter -national tournaments, it is expected that the SC would, undoubtedly, never fail in its duty. I am done.
Postscript – If after thorough investigations, the SC finds that Dr. Afari Djan is an inalienable partner and/or victim, he should be compelled to divulge information about his other accomplices; on the other hand, if he decides not to disclose the names of the other members of the syndicate to be severally charged, should then be singularly charged for treason if that legal terminology is the best suitable for this particular criminal case. If there were other accomplices, they should be arraigned and jointly and severally charged for treason because their inordinate ambition and subsequent action wasn’t any different criminality than to usurp the constitutional rights and mandate of Ghanaians to ensure that our votes did not matter in this context – vis-à-vis the clarion call for the ‘let my vote count’ campaign. To quote a military friend, if a serving soldier decides to destabilize a government, it is described as an attempting coup d’etat. Such a person is court marshaled and then charged to face a military tribunal; if two were caught for the same or similar offence, they were charged for conspiracy whereas if three or more military persons got caught for similar wrongdoing, they were charged for mutiny and the preferred charges and punishment given to them was sentence to death by firing squad. If Dr. Afari Djan would not disclose the names of his other friends but decided to hide their identity(ies), then he should muster courage to sacrifice his life for them like ex-president Jerry Rawlings in May 1979 when he was charged for mutiny and the NCOs were left off the hook. Since Dr. Afari Djan is a civilian, should not be sentenced to death and shot by firing squad but to be lawfully charged for treason and when found guilty, (as he has admitted and is recorded on tape) jailed for a minimum of 25 years or more. Why should Ghanaians recoil into their shells and allow Dr. Afari Djan freedom to go on retirement to enjoy all his fringe benefits and billions of Cedis supposedly ‘dashed’ him by his collaborators to spin the 2012 elections at the peril of his life and the worthless millions cost to the Ghanaian tax-payer in respect of the previous district assembly elections?
Vindicated - Has the author now been vindicated in respect of the corruption expose by the ace investigative journalist of the millennium, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, that the final judgment by the ‘yet-to-be immortalized’ chairman of the EPH of Thursday, August, 2013, could have been strongly, inarguably and undoubtedly manipulated by strong hands with gifts of “goats, rams, cattle, yams, koobi (salted tilapia), fully furnished houses here in Ghana and Dubai? Other source from the grapevine says it included building plots as juicy inducements, flashy cars and limousines et cetera, courtesy Vicky Hammah, alias Vickyleaks, to pervert justice that was so glaring to favour the plaintiff to shake the very foundation stone of the Ghana Supreme Court buildings. Those who dwelt on dubious technicalities will also face the eternal judgment on that day. Looking at the trend of events as regards Ghana’s economy and captured on audio/video recordings, this is circumstantial evidence. And this clearly lends credence to the current rot in the judicial system. The cat is out of the bag, Your Ladyship the Chief Justice, Madam Justice Georgina Theodora Wood! Would you now voluntarily resign to save face and reputation as a distinguished and seasoned legal luminary or to be obstinate to glue yourself to your “disgraced seat” with all the largesse as one particular CJ during whose tenure of office (2001 to date) countless number of judges took delight in releasing even ‘notorious and hardened armed robbers’ who were to be jailed for life and confined to the condemned cells just for the love of money, wealth and pleasure instead of name and reputation to denigrate the professional legal competence and integrity to the abyss for the same recalcitrant miscreants to continue to harass and perpetually torment innocent citizens every other day? I pity both the CJ and Justice Paul Dery. In the case of the CJ, now that she should be organizing herself for a smooth juicy retirement, this hullabaloo has come about. Did you know that judges of the SC retire on their full salaries till they die with occasional salary adjustments if and when government increases salaries for workers? What an abominable and disgraceful incident! It should not surprise anybody that may be, because Madam CJ was quiet, content and satisfied with the controversial ruling of the EPH of 2013 (Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, Jake Otanka Obetsebi Lamptey and the NPP on one side as Plaintiff versus the EC and the NDC on the other as Defendants); and failed to cough about it, must have prompted and gingered Anas and his Tiger Eye Team as a clear case study to work around the clock to unearth the rot and corruption in their back -yard from the lower courts. You never know, may be, Ghanaians will be lucky and privileged for yet another mouth-watering and heart-breaking spectacle on the SC itself very soon. On the part of Justice Paul Dery, did he or did he not have the opportunity to bargain with the Tiger Eye Team which has now become a topical issue for the whole nation? My humble plea is to ask the CJ to request again the EPH celebrity, W. Atuguba, Esq. if it is not too late, to become the chairman to try this case as a test case again for Ghana. This author will like to suggest to all and sundry that all the spiritually baptized and un-baptized judges from the High to the Supreme Court as God’s representatives on earth (Ghana), the Judicial Secretary inclusive, all Registrars, court clerks and all the bailiffs nationwide (who, for lust for money, wealth and gifts decide to pervert natural justice in whatever form), should arrange and surrender themselves whole-heartedly without delay to be baptized in the Volta River at Ada (Castro’s ill-fated spot). Those already baptized should be re-baptized to purge, purify and cleanse the system of the filth and irreparable stigma of corruption and abomination. This revelation has cast a bad slur on the integrity of the entire judiciary. This will perhaps bring back the eroded public confidence and somehow obliterate the undeniable judicial corruption tag. The Muslim ones should do well to visit Mecca, Saudi, at their expense, and go round the Kabba as stipulated by the Quran for purification, forgiveness and clemency. Is it not shameful for the Ghana Judiciary to be cited for gargantuan corruption of this nature to earn international mockery? Until when will the international donors and investors respect our judicial system? Ghanaians can easily and patiently wait during the week-long vacation period even if it takes that much for this solemn re-creation to rid the entire Ghanaian judicial system of the cancerous perception and ignominious canker surrounding this noble profession. The tense situation that Ghanaians find themselves should not surprise anybody at all that someone could set himself ablaze to ignite a national revolution and we’ll see whether the pensioner Mohamed Alhassan police will have the guts and capacity to quell same. Hope Ghanaians remember too well Gen. Kutu Acheampong’s popuar song afater the overthrow of the PP regime.‘ Nea obebo wo mmae a, wose obiara ntummi wo”

By: amaningkwarteng1@gmail.com