President Akuffo Addo finally reacts to the removal of Chief Justice over $5m bribery saga

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The Executive Secretary to the President, Nana Asante Bediatuo, has stated that steps had already been instructed to determine the removal or otherwise of the Chief Justice, according to a petition filed by the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) seeking the removal of the Chief Justice,Akwasi Anin- Yeboah, over a $5 million bribery allegations levelled against him by the private legal practitioner, Akwasi Afrifa.

“I write to acknowledge the receipt of your undated petition in respect of the above subject matter and to inform you that the President of the Republic has, in accordance with Article 146 of the constitution, commenced the appropriate processes subsequent to being petitioned for the removal of the Chief Justice.”

The petition requested President to activate provisions of Article 146 of the 1992 constitution to begin impeachment proceeding against Kwasi Anin-Yeboah.

Mr. Mensah Thompson, the Executive Director of ASEPA said, the President is only applying the law where necessary and he stated that he is not satisfied with the letter though he admits it is a step in the right direction.

“I think this is quite delightful, just as we expected the President to do.There is nothing unusual about this because the constitution is very clear about what the process are and the president is supposed to act as a conveyor belt when he receives such petition.”

“It is a giant steps towards our expectations because we want to get the bottom of the matter and processes must go on. If the processes are fair and transparent and the facts arrive, we will be satisfied with whatever outcome”

However, the Chief Justice has also denied the allegations against him and referred the case to the Criminal Investigations Department of the Police and Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council.

His Lordship is saddened that, without any shred of evidence,his name has been dragged into the sordid and potentially criminal matter.His Lordship confirms that he does not know the plaintiff and haven’t met or seen him anywhere, except in the courtroom when he rises to announce his name when his case was called. His Lordship assert that he has no personal interaction either with the plaintiff or his lawyer on his matter or in any matter,” the Chief Justice said in the petition.