Friday, August 26, 2016

MAHAMA SNUBS LAWYER OVER MONTIE 3

By William Yaw Owusu
Friday, August 26, 2016

President John Mahama appears to have snubbed his lawyer who secured victory for him during the disputed presidential election in 2012 where the Supreme Court affirmed him as validly elected.

The lawyer, Tony Lithur, had cautioned President Mahama against granting remission to the three National Democratic Congress (NDC) activists - now known as Montie 3 - convicted for contempt by the Supreme Court.

Interestingly, while the lawyer was advising the president against exercising the prerogative of mercy, Mr Lithur’s wife, Nana Oye Lithur, Minister of Women, Children and Social Protection, was pushing for the release of the jailed Montie FM programme host and two panelists by signing a petition urging the president to free the NDC activists.

Nana Oye, a lawyer, was not the only woman in the Mahama administration who wanted the convicts - who threatened to slaughter judges as well as ‘rape’ the Chief Justice – released, but also Education Minister, Prof Jane Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang (former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast) and Valerie Sawyerr, a lawyer and former deputy Chief of Staff. 

President Mahama shocked many people on Monday when he defied all odds and granted the remission which Mr. Lithur had warned was going to feed into the perception that the NDC is still anti-judiciary.

Immediately the three - Salifu Maase aka Mugabe who hosts Montie FM’s afternoon political programme called ‘Pampaso,’ Alistair Tairo Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn (the panelists) - were jailed, Mr. Lithur wrote that even though there was a feeling of anger among many NDC supporters, the president should not take the action to feed into the perception that the NDC does not like the judiciary.

NDC Stigma
“I wish to add that as a party there is already a stigma in our history of the murder of judges under our watch. We should avoid the deepening of any perception that we are against the judiciary in such fundamental way that translates into threat of physical harm,” the lawyer reportedly made the comment on one of the NDC social media platforms.

“The feeling of anger and disgust at the sentencing of our friends by the Supreme Court is very understandable. I agree with you that whatever the wrongs the accused persons may have committed the sentencing, while it should serve as a measure of deterrent, should also have taken into consideration the constitutional requirements of freedom of speech and press freedom.

“In addition I think the judiciary should have borne in mind the perception that may be created of high-handed and judicial tyranny by the method of redress it had chosen and the severity of the sentences, notwithstanding the real and palpable remorse publicly shown by the accused persons,” Mr Lithur remarked.

Grant Of Remission
Mr Tony Lithur continued, “However, the answer in my very humble view, is not the resort to executive intervention by the grant of pardon. Let us step back for a moment. What will be the effect or, at least, the perception of the grant of pardon?”

The lawyer said if the president granted the pardon, “it would constitute a direct undermining of the judiciary in a manner that is unprecedented in recent times.”

Public Support
He said as the NDC awaits the commencement of a new legal year so that the review process could be filed, the party should be seen to stating publicly “what our views are about the sentences, choosing moderate language and still showing respect to the judiciary.

After all, when it came to the crunch in 2013, it is this same body that held the balance. Let that body not see NDC as the enemy. Let's accept its verdict while we take formal steps to take a second bite at the cherry.”


Thursday, August 25, 2016

AFOKO CHALLENGES NPP VICTORY

By William Yaw Owusu
Thursday, August 25, 2016 

Suspended New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Chairman Paul Afoko has filed a notice of appeal challenging the judgement delivered by an Accra human rights court in favour of the opposition party.

Mr. Afoko wants the Court of Appeal to set aside the affirmation of the NPP’s decision to suspend him by the trial court, presided over by Justice Anthony K. Yeboah.

The notice of appeal was filed on August 22 on behalf of Mr. Afoko by O.K. Osafo-Buabeng of Oseawuo Chambers & Co, solicitors of the appellant.

The relief being sought by Mr. Afoko is that “the judgement of August 15, 2016 be set aside and the plaintiff be granted all the reliefs endorsed on the writ of summons.”

On the notice of appeal, Mr. Afoko is complaining about “the whole decision” of the human rights court and said, “The learned judge erred in declaring the plaintiff as the indefinitely suspended member and National Chairman of the 1st defendant (NPP) in the absence of any counterclaim by the 1st defendant or evidence on record.”

Main Action
Mr. Afoko sued the NPP and its Acting National Chairman, Freddie Blay, who doubles as the First National Vice Chairmen of the party after he was suspended indefinitely in October last year.

The party’s Disciplinary Committee (DC) had recommended his suspension from the NPP after a petition by two members; and Mr. Afoko wanted the court to order his re-instatement as the National Chairman because he claimed that the party’s action was unconstitutional.
A similar case instituted by Sammy Crabbe, the suspended 2nd Vice Chairman, was thrown out by another human rights court for lacking merit.

Mr. Afoko’s action, which started in December 2015, contended the constitutionality of the party’s Disciplinary Committee that recommended his suspension.

He was accused by his party of working behind the scenes to block the party’s chances of winning the December 7 elections.

In what looks like a massive boost for the party as it prepares for Election 2016 in December, the court said the NPP did not breach its constitution in suspending Mr. Afoko.

Justice Yeboah said Afoko failed to prove that the party erred in suspending him, saying that the NPP acted fairly and lawfully in the decision to suspend him.

Final Blow
“Taking into account all the available evidence and on the balance of probability, the plaintiff’s (Afoko’s) action fails. His claims for reliefs are dismissed,” Justice Yeboah had said in his 85-page judgement that lasted more than two hours.

“The plaintiff should remain as the indefinitely-suspended Chairman of the first respondent (NPP),” the court declared.

It also held that not only is Afoko suspended as an officer (National Chairman) of the NPP, but also as a member of the party per the judge’s interpretation of the NPP constitution.






Wednesday, August 24, 2016

MAHAMA UNDER FIRE OVER MONTIE 3

By William Yaw Owusu
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 

President John Mahama’s decision to order the release of three National Democratic Congress (NDC) activists who were jailed for contempt by the Supreme Court has sparked outrage throughout the country.

Many legal practitioners and influential personalities have observed that Mr. Mahama had set a ‘dangerous’ precedence while others said the president’s action would promote lawlessness and incapacitate the judiciary from upholding the administration of justice and the promotion of the rule of law.

Constitutional Lawlessness
New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa South, Samuel Atta Akyea, a lawyer, described the president’s action as ‘constitutional lawlessness’ and said his (president’s) decision was founded on partisan grounds and was being used to spite the judiciary in the face.

He explained on Joy FM that the president had proven by his action that when one speaks for him and rubbishes or threatens others, he will invoke his constitutional powers to grant pardon and added that his action showed clearly that he was determined to please his NDC supporters and not necessarily uphold the Constitution.

He noted that the president has the comfort to rule this country because of a decision of the Supreme Court, without which he would not be president - in reference to the landmark Presidential Election Petition.

Recipe for Disrespect
Former Attorney General Joseph Ayikoi Otoo said the president’s action would promote disrespect directed at judges, saying the remission of the sentence would only lay the grounds for people with political leanings to misbehave towards the judiciary.

He told Kasapa FM in Accra yesterday, “It’s unfortunate, I don’t speak for the Judges and I don’t know how they’ll feel, but I can say that they will be highly disappointed…this is the logical inferences that could be drawn from what has happened.”

NDC President
Mr Ayikoi Otoo said the invocation of the president’s constitutional powers under Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution in the manner he did was for political expediency following the pressure mounted on him by members and ministers of the NDC to have the three freed, explaining, “It’s a show for the NDC... this has proven that he is a president for only members of his party – NDC.”

“It is very clear that these are NDC operatives and they were sure that the president would do that (pardon them). Consulting the Council of State made no difference. If the president wants to be seen as an NDC president, he should go ahead and do that. Those words that they have added to the statement about him cautioning people, they shouldn’t have added that. If he wanted to caution people, he should have allowed them to serve their sentence.”

Miscreants Endorsement
The Ranking Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Legal, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Joe Osei-Wusu, who is NPP MP for Bekwai, preferred to tackle the issue from the angle of the Council of State.

He described the council as ‘a haven for scoundrels’ saying, “Every country rests firmly on some pillars of state. One such pillar is the Council of State. 

Rather than standing firm and being a pillar, statesmen and women, they have chosen to be partisan; and I regret that very much. They have become an anchor for misconduct rather than the pillars of state,” he bemoaned.

He told Class FM that he found the actions of the president and the Council of State dangerous saying, “People who misconduct themselves will petition and the Council of State will say: ‘On compassionate grounds, give it to them, release them…’ rather than the Council of State standing firmly and saying: ‘No, this state must be protected from miscreants; people who abuse their constitutional powers must be punished.’ These statesmen and women have become supporters of miscreants, those who misconduct themselves and abuse the constitutional rights they have.”

PNC Disappointed
Presidential candidate for the People’s National Convention (PNC), Dr. Edward Nasigre Mahama also waded into the issue and condemned President Mahama on Twitter, a social media platform.

He posted on Monday: “I am very disappointed in the president’s decision to endorse Montie Fm insults on our leaders, judges, by releasing them. John the other Mahama has just stabbed the judiciary in the back. Cry my beloved country. This is an attack on the rule of law. #RestoreGhana.”











Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MAHAMA FREES MONTIE 3

By William Yaw Owusu
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

President John Mahama has freed the Montie trio who were jailed by the Supreme Court over contemptuous remarks they made during a radio programme on Montie FM - an Accra private radio station.

A statement issued by Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, Communications Minister, announced that the president, “in consultation with the Council of State and in exercise of his constitutional powers under Article 72 of the Constitution, remitted the remaining prison sentence imposed on three persons: Salifu Maase (alias Mugabe), Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn who were sentenced to 4 months imprisonment and a fine of GH¢10,000.00 each for contempt of court.”

The remission is effective Friday, August 26, 2016 - one month after their conviction, the statement added.
The three persons were sentenced on July 27, 2016 and have served part of the jail sentence slapped on them, aside the payment of fines.

The NDC activists who claimed they are die hard supporters of President John Mahama, threatened to kill the judges after boasting on air that they know where they (judges) reside, with one of them adding that Chief Justice Georgina Wood should be prepared to be raped in the event of war breaking out because a certain Nash of Mataheko said he would ‘marry’ her.

The remission comes at the heels of various orchestrated signatories to a petition opened at the Montie FM station.

Government ministers and appointees have all trooped to the radio station to append their signatures to the petition.

The government statement on the remission continued, “The decision of His Excellency the President to remit their sentences on compassionate grounds follows a petition submitted to him by the contemnors appealing to the President to exercise his prerogative of mercy even as they continue to express deep remorse and regret for the unacceptable statements they made against the Judiciary.”

A plea of clemency reportedly entered by the Council of State on behalf of the three: Salifu Maase aka Mugabe, the ‘Pampaso’ programme host on Montie FM and his two guests, Godwin Ako Gunn, 39 and Alistair Tairo Nelson, 41, to the president two weeks ago, added to the seeming pressure brought to bear upon the president to grant the three a pardon.

The decision appears to have shocked political pundits who believe that if plea of clemency is the only way to get out of prisons then a lot of prisoners are more qualified than the NDC convicts, who in the face of the matter being in court, were recalcitrant, showing no remorse until it dawned on them that they were going to prison.

NDC Press
Some pro-NDC newspapers had already published a story to the effect that the Council of State met the president over a remission and that it was only a matter of time that the trio would come out of the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons.

However, DAILY GUIDE sources had also suggested that President Mahama had sought to use the impending visit of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe whom they were going to persuade to add his voice to the call for the release of the trio. However, the trip could not take place as the Zimbabwean leader cancelled the trip, citing security concerns back home.

Presentation Of Petition
Presenting the petitions to the Chairperson of the Council of State, Cecilia Johnson, the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, who was the former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, said President Mahama was looking forward to the advice of the Council. 

The Chairperson had announced that the petitions would be submitted to the Legal Committee of the Council for initial review before the Council as a whole meets to consider the issues. President Mahama has eventually been given the green light to free the convicts.

Executive Petitions Executive
Key ministers that signed the petition include Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang (Education), Nana Oye Lithur (Gender and Social Protection), Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare (Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts), Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa (deputy Education), Felix Kwakye Ofosu (deputy Communications) Benjamin Dagadu, (deputy Energy and Petroleum), Benita Okiti Dua, (deputy minister of Fisheries) among others.

The appointees like Valerie Sawyerr former deputy Chief of Staff, of the office of the president and others have signed while former Attorney General Betty Mould Iddrisu - now a vice chairperson of the NDC, also gave her endorsement while the likes of Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry, had visited the convicts at Nsawam.

This shows that all the ministers were in support of the attack on the justices, including the threat of rape on Chief Justice Georgina Wood.

Salifu Maase had always boasted that he speaks to defend the president and if because of Mr. Mahama he would go to jail so be it. 

The Attorney General had refused to press criminal charges against the convicts for threatening to kill the judges.



NPP FROWNS ON PRISONS VOTERS REGISTRATION

By William Yaw Owusu
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has taken issues with the Electoral Commission (EC) for starting the registration of prisoners without the party’s knowledge.

It has also expressed grave concern about the ongoing proxy registration process, saying it expects the commission to exhibit a high level of transparency in the entire electoral process.

A letter written to the EC by NPP Acting General Secretary, John Boadu, with copies to the media and the political parties, said that the NPP was bringing to the attention of the commission “some concerns for urgent redress as we prepare towards the 2016 general election.”

It continued, “We have observed that the commission is commencing voter registration in prisons across the country per letters emanating from some district offices. However, there has been no notification to political parties to inform them and have the opportunity to monitor this process as has been the practice.”

According to Mr. Boadu, “We request to know what modalities are in place towards foreign registrations for this year’s election as well as particulars of the existing foreign registrations done earlier by the commission.

“We note a release from the commission on challenges encountered with the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration on the 19th August exercise and the decision to extend the registration hours to 8pm on that day and an additional day extension to the 27th of August 2016. We would have wished that much as the CI 91 grants this activity of the commission in consultation with political parties, the parties would have been duly notified/consulted before any such decisions are taken.”

Proxy Votes
According to the NPP, the procedures announced for proxy vote “has to be reviewed,” adding, “The commission directs that a prospective proxy can go to the commission and pick up forms for the applicant. This should not be the case because of the inherent abuse.

“I refer to Regulation 25 (2) of C.I 94 which states that ‘The applicant shall complete a proxy form set out in Form Six of the Schedule,’ saying, What this means is that nobody can make or complete proxy forms on behalf of an applicant.”

The NPP said, “The commission has also decided to do this exercise at all district offices and adds the headquarters of the commission. One wonders why the EC headquarters must be part of this as it’s not even a registration centre.”

The opposition party charged, “We want the commission to engage with the parties on this exercise to ensure effective monitoring.

“An early response to the concerns is anticipated. As a stakeholder, we would wish to receive formal correspondence from the commission on activities that we are required to play a part instead of through the media, so as to help in getting our members and the general public to participate fully.

“As we approach the elections, it is expected that the commission would be more transparent and ensure inclusiveness of stakeholders in its activities.”




Friday, August 19, 2016

NPP RETURNS MAHAMA ‘OLYMPICS GOLD MEDAL'

By William Yaw Owusu
Friday, August 19, 2016

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) has observed that it is President John Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) appointees who deserve a gold medal for insults and not the opposition.

At the NDC national campaign launch at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday, the president launched a blistering attack on the NPP, saying the party, under the leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has won an “Olympic gold medal in insults.”

The party replied the president and his party in a statement issued in Accra and signed by the Director of Communications, Nana Akomea.

It posited that Mr. Mahama has a track-record for making unpresidential remarks which do not help in nation-building.

“President Mahama claimed last Sunday, 14th August, in Cape Coast that the NPP will win a medal for insults at the Olympics. For such an aspiring Olympic referee, it is a shame that President Mahama has not taken into account his own leadership in this competition of insults,” the statement underscored.

The NPP further recounted, “President Mahama at the last NDC congress in Kumasi before the Cape Coast campaign launch diagnosed the then general secretary of the CPP, Mr lvor Greenstreet, as suffering from ‘incurable myopia.’

“President Mahama had gone on to tell Ghanaians last year that he would not take criticisms from anyone who has never been president before, and that the only people he would take criticisms from are former presidents Rawlings and Kufuor,” he added.

“So the good people of Ghana, who elected President Mahama, cannot be fit to criticize him because they have never been president before. There can be no greater insult on Ghanaians. If anyone was looking for a gold medal for insults, this is it.”

Vote Buying Antics
The NPP also said that apart from the insults President Mahama heaps on Ghanaians, the Ghana Integrity initiative (GII) has accused him of vote buying and abuse of incumbency.

“This GII accusation has followed President Mahama's open distribution of large quantities of outboard motors for fishing at an NDC campaign event last Monday, right at the start of his official campaign. 

So after all these years, President Mahama cannot distinguish between an official government occasion and a partisan political party campaign event and occasion.”

The NPP called on “all well-meaning Ghanaians to condemn this act of President Mahama at this stage of our democratic development.”

2012 Plunder
The release reminded Ghanaians that in the 2012 elections, President Mahama engaged in this same vote buying exercise, adding, “In pursuit of this, his government ran up a record and unprecedented deficit of $4.2 billion dollars (12%) in fiscal year 2012 - the highest in the history of the fourth republic.”

According to the NPP, “It is this reckless deficit in 2012 that caused the weak cedi to become by mid 2014 the worst depreciated currency in the whole wide world. It is that record deficit in 2012 that caused donors to suspend assistance to Ghana for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.”

The NPP added, “It is this reckless deficit that caused President Mahama in 2014 to run to the IMF for policy credibility. President Mahama seems to be starting on this same path of vote buying again, right at the start of his 2016 campaign.

“For a government that claims to have delivered so much development to the people of Ghana and whose ‘one-touch’ victory is assured, why this resort to abuse of incumbency and bribery of the electorate?” Or is it the case that President Mahama discovers charity when elections are due?”

The NPP charged, “Ghanaians must rise up and save our economy from further destruction by President Mahama by showing him and his government the red card on 7th December.”



Thursday, August 18, 2016

GII ACCUSES NDC OF VOTE BUYING

By William Yaw Owusu
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Anti-corruption body, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), has accused President John Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC) government of engaging in serious vote-buying ahead of the December 7, general election.

The GII, which is the local chapter of Transparency International (TI), also said President Mahama is abusing his incumbency.

According to the organization, the distribution of outboard motors to fishermen and other assorted items to the public by President Mahama in the Western Region is worse than vote buying and said it was akin to abuse of office.

Vote Buying In Disguise
Executive Director of GII, Linda Ofori Kwafo, told Joy FM in Accra yesterday that the distribution of such items which the NDC claims is part of the government’s social intervention programmes, had actually been disguised for votes.

She said if the items were bought with state resources and they are being distributed on a campaign trail, then it amounts to abuse of incumbency. “We have two aspects of abuse of incumbency - coercive abuse and corrupt abuse - using state resources to fuel or fund such activities.

“If the president told the whole nation that he is embarking on a campaign, then how on earth is the party using state resources to buy such donations?” she queried.

NDC Counter-Claim
However, spokesperson for the NDC Campaign, Joyce Bawa Mogtari, who is a deputy Minister of Transport, parried the accusations of the GII saying that the presentation of outboard motors was part of the government’s social interventions and not intended to buy votes.

She admitted that the outboard motors were purchased with state funds and distributed by President Mahama who was performing his duties as a president and not as a candidate.

“It is something we have been engaged in for quite some time. The president has made these donations across the country specifically targeting fishing communities across Ghana,” she explained.

GII Replies
The NDC spokesperson’s explanation did not convince the GII boss who shot back saying, ““If they are receiving them at this time then it means you are using state resources to buy votes and we don’t do that.

“If you do that you don’t create a level playing field in an election and it is not going to amount to free and fair elections,” Mrs. Kwafo said.

She added that regardless of the clarification by the NDC, the president presented the items in his capacity as president, and that had the potential to confuse the electorate due to the time in which the donations were being made.

She said the president should be able to draw a line between his official duties and his duty as presidential candidate noting, “Your opponents will not be able to get the same resources.”

First Lady Factor
The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) waded into the incumbency abuse claims and said the first lady, Lordina Mahama, was on a ‘vote buying spree’ and called for full disclosure of the source of funding of the goodies being distributed.

At a news conference in Accra yesterday, NPP acting General Secretary John Boadu said President Mahama’s wife might be spending millions of Ghanaian taxpayers’ money on gifts which he claimed she was dashing out for votes.

Mr John Boadu was not happy about the lavish gifts Mrs Mahama was giving out countrywide, including sewing machines, hairdryers, outboard motors, cloth, cash, among others.

“The wife of the President of the Republic is going around the country with a fleet of trucks-load of goodies, which she is sharing for votes. These run into millions of dollars," Mr. Boadu said.

Full Disclosure
"Ghanaians deserve to know. How much is being spent? Who is paying for it? Where is the money coming from?” he asked.

"The NPP is all for charity work, but Ghanaians also have the right to question the timing of the escalation of the first lady’s gifts-sharing expedition and the volume and costs of the gifts being shared," the acting General Secretary underscored.

According to Mr. Boadu, the party was concerned about President Mahama’s silence on the source of funding for the first lady and said it was adding to the perception that “the root and head of the corruption overwhelming the country is indeed the first family.”

NDC Precedence
Mr. Boadu reminded Ghanaians of what happened in 2012, where the NDC ‘broke the bank,’ built a record 12% deficit from which the nation still hasn't recovered, just to get Mr. Mahama elected.

“In 2012, we saw how over the last four months to the polls, some $4 billion dollars that was not budgeted for was taken out of state coffers and spent in a desperate and reckless attempt for Mahama to hold on to power. We all remember the stories of GYEEDA, SADA, Woyome, etc," he recounted.

“The president is silent on why babies are dying in our hospitals because there are no incubators or oxygen. The president did not explain why students in boarding schools are left to starve, whiles his wife, the first lady, can find money to travel across the country giving away election year goodies," Mr Boadu expressed worry.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

NEW TWIST TO MONTIE 3 SAGA

By William Yaw Owusu
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A private legal practitioner has sued the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government at the Supreme Court, seeking an order to prevent President John Mahama from granting pardon to the three NDC activists who were jailed by the Court for contempt a couple of weeks ago.

The suit, filed by Elikplim Agbemava of Fidelity Law Group, was directed at the Attorney General.

He wants to prevent President Mahama from invoking Articles 72 and 296 of the 1992 Constitution, which gives the president the prerogative to grant pardon.
The Attorney General, Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, has 14 days within which to respond to the suit.

The convicts, Salifu Maase aka Mugabe, host of the afternoon political talk-show on Montie FM– ‘Pampaso, Godwin Ako Gunn and Alistair Tairo Nelson used to preach hate against perceived political opponents of the NDC.

They are currently serving four months each at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison for insulting Supreme Court judges and threatening them with death, particularly those who sat on a case brought against the Electoral Commission (EC) over the voters’ register.

The NDC party members, including top ministers of state and appointees, have been putting pressure on President Mahama through petitions to order the release of Mugabe and his gang – known as Montie 3 - but the president, after receiving the petitions, referred them to the Council of State for advice.

Arbitrary & Capricious
Mr Agbemava, who is said to be a former aide to Betty Mould-Iddrisu when the latter was the Attorney General, averred in his suit that on a true and proper interpretation of Articles 72 and 296 of the 1992 Constitution, the power of President Mahama to grant pardon is discretionary and cannot be used in an arbitrary or capricious manner.

He wants the court to declare that any decision by the president to grant or refuse a pardon is not “one to be made on the basis of the political question doctrine that can be made without reasons being given for the exercise of such power.”

Supreme Interest
The lawyer is praying the court to declare that in the “supreme interest of the people of Ghana and for whose welfare the president’s prerogative of mercy is exercised and on a true and proper interpretation of Articles 72 and 296 of the 1992 Constitution, the president and the Council of State shall exercise the prerogative of mercy in a judicial manner that assures the people of Ghana of some certainty, consistency and fairness in the processes that lead to the granting of pardons,” among other claims.

Mugabe’s Visit
Anthony Karbo, a deputy communications director of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), believes that the convicts may be granted amnesty in September to mark Founder’s Day.

DAILY GUIDE  has also learnt Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe may appeal for clemency for Mugabe and his friends when he delivers a lecture in Accra as part of his five-day visit to Ghana.

But with the new twist in the case, it is not clear if the clemency can be granted in the face of the pending suit, especially when the courts are on recess. 

BNI
Strangely, the threat of death was rubbished by the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and the Attorney General also failed to take up the case.