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Abuse of Judicial Power Through Contempt of Court

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 7, 2013

by Dr. Agyenim Boateng, July 7th, 2013

In my opinion, the fundamental issues or principles involved in the so-called recent contempt of court trial were sidestepped or ignored by some of the so called legal and political pundits. The  issue of freedom of the press and freedom  of speech, though stuck out like a sore thumb, yet  some of the   much tooted “ legal gurus”  including law lecturers and political  commentators  described  the  “Kangaroo trial” as fair.  They embraced the capricious and arbitrary sentencing as appropriate, as even some felt the unjust verdict as teaching lessons for the culprits, in this case, the victims. Albeit other potential citizens who may challenge the Justices on the abuse of their power to silence the fundamental rights of citizens   on their free speech under the constitution. What a misuse of judicial powers! Read the rest of this entry »

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World Bank Stirs Truth In Contempt. Critical News, 7th July 2013

Posted by Business in Ghana on July 7, 2013

Sydney Casely-Hayford, sydney@bizghana.com

I had two could be catastrophes last week, worth mentioning.  Before I get there though, I just want to say that the Ashaiman Municipality responded very swiftly to the call for repairs to the major roads in the area.  Not only did they grade and smooth over the crinkles and pot holes in the towns, they also forethought to water down the dusty roads all last week, eliminating the Sahara swirl and saving us the pain of walking with handkerchief-covered mouths as if we would soon have to conform to some new form of Sharia.  The Ashaimanese put Jah in their stride, with a calm confidence, that their message is clear and life will remain normal till they determine otherwise, as close as you can get to an Egypt uprising in Tahir Square and even as I heard many people condemning the Ashaiman riot I wondered whether the bigger wrong is not that of Government.  After the riots, they found the money to engage a contractor to fix the road.  What was the mindset previously when all this was so visible?  It is the same with all Government machinery.  Platitudes deftly layered with pretentious care in a mold of financial distress.  Ashaiman showed that there is a limit to civil engagement. Read the rest of this entry »

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