By: Raphael Richstison Tetteh
The National Democratic Congress(NDC) has called for an impartial and transparent investigation into the alleged $5M bribery scandal against Chief Justice, Kwesi Anin.
The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress, Hon. Asiedu Nketia addressing the press on July 13, 2021, stated that the NDC are of the view that, the allegations have a component of criminality, therefore there is the need to have an impartial and transparent investigation into the matter to unravel the truth.
“ We in the NDC hold the view that, though all these allegations have a component of criminality, it is in equal measure about alleged misconduct on the part of a Judge and as such, it would ordinarily fall within the ambit of the Judicial Service to take steps to unravel the truth about this matter and take disciplinary action if proven to be true”.
Additionally, Mr Nketia speaking to the issue of the Judicial Service investigating the alleged bribery scandal, spelt out that, it will be appropriate and without favour, if the Chief Justice steps aside from the issue at hand because a Judge cannot preside over a case he is involved in, despite the powers vested in him as the Chief Justice relative to section 18 of the Judicial Service Act.
“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 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 set up a committee to investigate allegations of misconduct against himself.”
However, the Chief Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah on Monday, July 12, 2021, rejected claims that he demanded an amount of $5 million to supposedly influence a court case.
He has subsequently petitioned the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police to probe the allegation made against him.
Meanwhile, Mr Nketiah in his statement called for a public enquiry into the allegation, saying it is the best option to establish the truth.
“We believe that only credible and transparent investigations can establish the truth in this matter. And we hold the opinion that the transparent approach of a public enquiry is the best way to go. This approach we believe is in the interest of the Chief Justice who stands accused, and his accuser.”