Like every other human institution, the judiciary definitely has its issues, but the candor and professionalism of that august establishment has given me pride, a sense of awe and reverence for the power of a people vested their legal system.
I recall the following incidents:
#1. Lawyer (Dr.) Raymond Akongburo Atuguba and other lawyers banned from representing clients before judges for attributing corruption to the judiciary without providing proof of same.
#2. The verdict of the court in favor of former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings even at a time when the opposition NPP was in power.
#3. Kwaku Kwarteng marched to the courts challenging the inclusion of some ex-refinery cost component to petroleum products. I know Mr. Kwarteng got more than the ears of the court, his plea was accepted and the court ordered the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) to return the additional amounts to state coffers.
#4. The has been a Bernard Mornah who took a plea to court, and as an individual also won at the Supreme Court ensuring that the Court hearing the Election Petition doesn’t sit on public holidays and making room for a challenge of whatever verdict reached at the end of the hearing.
#5. Justice Francis Yaonasu Kpegah also dragged 2012 NPP Presidential Candidate, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo to court, saying the latter was not a lawyer, but was impersonating a certain W.A.D Akufo-Addo. Well, Justice Kpegah lost.
#6. Mr. Martin Hamidu was in court, and hey! He won two gargantuan cases redeeming for the state of Ghana nearly £400, 000 equivalent to so much of Ghanaian tax-payers money – one against Waterville, the other against Isofoton. And…
Today, the court of Ghana showed teeth, sent shivers into everyone and especially the handsome but offending NPP National Deputy Communications Director, Mr. Samuel ‘Sammy’ Awuku for statements considered unsavory attributed to him and made on a radio show.
There was clemency, a milder version of justice. Mr. Awuku has been banned permanently from appearing at the Supreme Court for the remainder of the duration of its sitting on the election petition. He must be thanking his stars – it would have been some fine or heavily embarrassing career-altering jail sentence.
What is clear from all the above examples is that the judiciary of Ghana regardless of all its human limitations has managed to preserved its integrity and professionalism. Barring any unforeseen, I am hopeful we would see more and better of such integrity, gravitas, carte blanche and potency shown by the justices of this republic.