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Dismiss, the new Supreme Court diss

Whoever said the wheel of justice grinds slowly must have been riding a hunched back cargo truck.

Because the wheel of this justice was swift, much like the judges’ posh cars parked at the reserved area.

In all, 15 minutes was all that was needed to dismiss the NDC’s case for the inclusion of old voter ID cards in the new registration exercise.

Fifteen minutes, like the 15-second earth tremor last night. And like the tremor, you were quite unsure if you felt it or if you heard the judges right.

Before the case, Asiedu Nketia sat with his sharp shoulder blades that left his African print hanging on him.

One of the very few politicians who have looked the same in and out of government. Physically, he gained nothing in power and has lost nothing in opposition.

He sat socially distant from Betty Mould Idrisu, who it is safe to say gained something.

Joyce Bawa Mogtari walked in flashing the smile fit for the cover of Ovation magazine, a radiant personality so unsuited to Ghana’s ugly politics.

Everyone wore a facemask. Not Bawa. She looked quite unwilling to blunt her good looks, and she reached a truce with the safety protocols and wore a transparent face shield. A win for beauty, a win for safety.

Ghana’s largest opposition party was led in court by a young lawyer, Edudzi Tamekloe. And it says much about how much he is valued and trusted in the party.

But at times you feel NDC’s legal team is much like arsenal today. And NPP’s a kind of yesterday’s Arsenal – The Invincibles.

And then seven judges’ mouth-cuffed in safety masks lined up to sit down as the familiar intonation rang out– court rise –which meant to us in court, stretch.

After the court courtesies, the CJ took the ball in his court and began rattling what sounded like a judgement.

His voice muffled in the mask, few words were intelligible except – Diss – miss.

Dismiss – dismiss- dismiss. It was like a new diss song from the bench.

A rattle, here a verse there, a rap line there and then the chorus – dismiss.

All he needed was five minutes of dissing dismiss. We knew something had been dismissed, but we didn’t really know what had been dismissed.

Largely because the judges’ communication today was downright disappointing. There was no desire to take any time to read out the summary judgement on the most controversial matter in Ghana today.

And for journalists, there was an informed fear not to rush and simply regurgitate the dismiss refrain until some further and better particulars. And then Asiedu Nketia wore a genuine face of victory, worsened the confusion with his declaration that the NDC had been vindicated, and that essentially, the party was once again in a comfortable lead in the second consecutive election year.

The journalists did not appear convinced about this declaration, and so, there was some hesitation to report this angle. And the journalists were not quite sure of what they heard and so feared the backlash of a poor reportage.

There is an eager public waiting for the news, and the journalists did not want to be at the end of a bashing when they were not a party to the case.

Today, it is either the judges get the bashing or the politicians get the trolling. No journalist was ready to steal ignominious limelight.

The NDC lost, and if the General Secretary drove out of the Supreme Court using the road to the left, he would see that close to the court is the National Lotteries Authority.

Maybe the outcome of a judgment could be a lottery.


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