Center for Democratic Development (CDD) has said former President John Mahama’s comment of appointing National Democratic Congress (NDC) lawyers onto the bench is a deem to Ghana’s democracy.
Speaking on Morning Starr with Francis Abban Monday September 4, 2023 the Senior Programs Officer at CDD-Ghana, Paul Aborampah Mensah stated that comments by the former President will not help the constitutional regime.
“It is a dim to Ghana’s democracy, it is a dim for our fight for equality of law under our constitutional regime. It is dim for justice for all. If I hear politicians and especially people who have held the highest position on our land saying this. Then probably they are trying to tell us the experiences they’ve had and probably the kind of structures they had when they were in office,” Mr. Aborampah Mensah stated.
He said when the NPP’s invisible forces invaded the court in Kumasi CDD condemned that incident.
Former President John Mahama has stated that President Akufo-Addo’s administration has packed the Ghanaian courts in order to avoid accountability when they leave office.
Addressing the closing session of the 3rd Lawyers Conference organized by NDC Lawyers Association at Akosombo in the Eastern region, Mr. Mahama disclosed that some of these lawyers President Akufo-Addo has leapfrogged on the bench are known political persons.
“Our lawyers, some of you must be prepared to go unto the bench, I know that some of you have very lucrative legal practices you will not want to leave and go onto the bench. But you can see what the current President has done, he appointed the largest number of judges onto the bench. More than 80 towards hundred and counting.
“He’s packed the court and we know that they’ve packed the court because they want to avoid accountability after they have left office. So all manner of people who have been known to be partisan, to have been executives of their party who are in the legal profession have been leapfrogged onto the Superior courts and other places,” Mr. Mahama stated.