The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has lashed out at Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, accusing him of supervising a “judiciary tyranny” that schemes to gag lawyers belonging to the opposition party.
NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia said Justice Anin-Yeboah was on a voyage to bully the party in an attempt to prevent its members from expressing their views on the performance of the judiciary.
Addressing a press conference in Accra on Monday, Mr. Asiedu Nketia indicated that “we hereby state categorically that they will not succeed! We will not be intimidated. We, as a party, will continue to defend the cause of freedom and of right in this country,” while referencing the invitation to the NDC MP for Bolgatanga East, Dr. Dominic Ayine to appear before the General Legal Council (GLC) for his comment against the judiciary.
He said the NDC shared in the opinion expressed by Dr Ayine, adding the opinion was not “actionable and does not violate any rule or professional conduct rules for lawyers”, insisting that, “…Neither Dr Ayine, nor we in the NDC can be compelled to increase our confidence in the independence of the Judiciary even when the Court has not given us any basis or reason to do so.”
The General Secretary said the Party was concerned about the “seeming judicial dictatorship that is fast festering under the leadership of the current Chief Justice,” adding, “…Justice emanates from the people and is administered on our behalf. Public confidence in the independence of the Judiciary must therefore be earned and not forced on us.”
Mr Nketia said the Judiciary, like Parliament and the Executive, was not above criticism and that the country’s progressive march as a constitutional democracy would allegedly suffer a grave setback if the Disciplinary Committee of the council proceeded to hold an inquiry into the matter of Dr Ayine’s comment on the election petition after he had earlier appeared before the Supreme Court and apologized for denigrating the court during the election petition trial.
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