Dismiss Call For CJ To Step Aside Over $ 5 Million Bribery Allegation - Wereko Brobbey
Chief policy analyst at the Ghana Institute of the Public Policy Options, Charles Wereko Brobby has called on Ghanaians to reject calls for a public enquiry into a $5 million bribery allegation also made against the Chief Justice, Kwesi Anin Yeboah. He also believes such calls from the opposition National Democratic Congress the
(NDC) including a request for the Chief Justice to step aside while investigations continue are mere politics. Their (NDC) call for a commission of enquiry into the allegations against the Chief Justice on the 5 million allegations, is just politics and must be dismissed. If the chief had come out to say that the CJ demanded the
said amount from him, or he was made to pay the said amount, then this matter would have demanded more merit but as it is, it is hearsay, and it should also be dismissed for what it is, he also said. A private legal practitioner, Akwasi Afrifa while responding to a petition filed against him at the General Legal Council alleged
that a former client he was representing at the Supreme Court told him that the Chief Justice had demanded a US$5 million bribe from him to allegedly influence a court case in his favour. Anin-Yeboah has denied the allegation and petitioned the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana
Police Service to investigate the matter. The General Secretary of the NDC, Mr Johnson Asiedu Nketiah at a press conference on Tuesday, 13th July 2021 argued it was necessary for the Chief justice to step aside, so the investigation is not compromised. The difficulty with this is that the investigations would concern the Chief
Justice, who is the subject of the bribery allegations in this matter and in whom disciplinary authority against Judicial Officers is vested under the Section 18 of the Judicial Service Act. Good governance dictates that the Chief Justice steps aside during the pendency of the investigations by the Judicial Service relative to the
issue of alleged misconduct on his part as a Supreme Court Judge. The Chief Justice cannot be a judge in his own cause, hence cannot also set up a committee to investigate allegations of misconduct against himself. Mr Wereko Brobbey also insisted that since the said allegation isn’t coming from the chief in the suit but his lawyer with whom they have an issue, it cannot be taken seriously.