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Jantuah: Mahama goofed with his comment on judiciary

Mahama has criticised Ghana’s Supreme Court over its recent judgements, adding that the judiciary’s reputation had been severely tarnished

Kwame Jantuah, a private legal practitioner, has condemned the former president John Mahama over his latest comment on the judiciary.

Mahama has criticised Ghana’s Supreme Court over its recent judgements, adding that the judiciary’s reputation had been severely tarnished.

“The image of our judiciary deteriorated that many of our citizenry openly make mockery of our Justice system and of our justices.,” the former president said recently. “The phrase; ‘go to court’ is these days met with derisive laughter instead of hope that one will truly get justice if he went to the court.”

According to him, “If people are not poking fun about politics and inducement being used to sway the hand of justice in the lower court then it is poking fun and making statements about the 7-0 of the unanimous FC. Verdicts which mostly involve cases of a political nature in our supreme court.”

“This is an unfortunate but serious development. One of the scariest existential threats to any democracy is when citizens think the judiciary hold no value for them,” Mahama added.

Mind your language

Reacting to the development on The Forum – Asaase 99.5 Accra’s news analysis and current affairs show on Saturday (3 September), Jantuah said Mahama must be mindful of his utterances.

“The first question I ask is, what was his (John Mahama’s) objective? Was he referring to the entire court system or was he targeting the Supreme Court? It wasn’t clear to me. And if you were to take a straw poll of Ghanaians, will they say the same thing of the court system, that it’s not just?” he asked.

Kwame Jantuah
Kwame Jantuah

“Former President John Mahama is a statesman of this country, he’s been president before, he’s vying to be president again, he should be careful of some of his utterances,” Jantuah added. “Because when he comes back and something happens and the Chief Justice he puts in place veers towards his side, the people will point fingers at him.”

Evidence

Speaking on the same programme, Alex Gyamfi, a legal practitioner said the former president must back his words with evidence.

Alex Gyamfi, a legal practitioner
Alex Gyamfi, a legal practitioner

“My point is that we can express our views, but we must express our views with facts and evidence. Inasmuch as he (Joh Mahama) was talking to his followers to raise their morale and all that, we need to be mindful of such comments.

“You can’t go to court and expect the court to do your work for you. If you (John Mahama) has gone to court with A,B,C, you have to substantiate your claims,” he said.

Fred Dzakpata

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