‘Really, Madam?’ – Dr. Kennedy chides Chief Justice over ‘Akufo-Addo’s belief in the rule of law has been evident’ statement

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A leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Arthur Kobina Kennedy has criticized the Chief Justice, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo over her statement that “Akufo-Addo’s belief in the rule of law has been evident during his tenure as president.”

Dr. Kennedy, in a statement published by Accra-based Adom FM, said the that Chief Justice Torkornoo’s assertion is far from the truth.

According to him, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has done more damage to the justice delivery system in Ghana than even the late former President, John Evans Atta-Mills.

“To complete the cynicism, the CJ told an audience of women lawyers that NADAA’s belief in the rule of law has been evident during his tenure as President.”

“Really, Madam? I never thought I would say this, but President NADAA’s government has been more damaging to our Judiciary than the government of President Rawlings,” he wrote.

The leading NPP member made these remarks while criticizing the decision of the Chief Justice to change the composition of the Supreme Court panel hearing an appeal on the case of the former Chief Executive Officer of COCOBOD, Dr. Stephen Opuni.

He said that the action of Justice Torkornoo fuels assertions that the courts are biased towards the government.

What the Chief Justice said about Akufo-Addo:

Chief Justice Gertrude Torkornoo has described President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as Ghana’s foremost lawyer.

According to her, Akufo-Addo, in his days as a lawyer and now as president, has been a champion of justice, adding that he has also actively supported the judiciary since becoming president.

“We appreciate the strong support we have received from the Office of the President. The culmination of his support is the presence of His Excellency with us this morning,” she said in her remarks at the opening of a conference in Accra on May 13.

The event was the inauguration of the 2024 Africa Conference of the International Association of Women Judges.

The conference, themed “The Role of Women Judges in combating Negative Cultural Practices in Contemporary Times,” provided a forum for discussing crucial issues of gender equality and judicial activism.

His Excellency is a lawyer and champion of justice, and his name is definitely etched in the legal history of his country as the most distinguished legal practitioner.

“His belief in the rule of law has been evident during his tenure as President, and the judicial service of Ghana has been a beneficiary of the exceptional level physical and technological infrastructures during his period,the CJ added.


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