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SUPPORT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR - Prez urges New Appeal Court Judges

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged the judiciary to fully support the office of the Special Prosecutor in fighting corruption.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged the judiciary to fully support the office of the Special Prosecutor in fighting corruption.

 

He gave the charge yesterday during the swearing in of five newly appointed judges of the Appeal Court at the Jubilee House.

The newly appointed Judges are Justice Nicholas Charles Abbey Agbevor, Justice Alex Berchie Poku-Acheampong, Justice Anthony Kwadwo Yeboah, Justice Merley Afua Wood and Justice Ama Abuakwaa Gaisie.

According to the President, with the creation of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, headed by Martin Amidu, “to ensure accountability of public officials, past and present, who engage in acts of corruption and financial malfeasance,” it is his expectation that the judges will help facilitate the work of this office.

Referring to the recent exposé of judicial corruption by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, President Akufo-Addo reminded the judges that their actions and strict application of the laws of the land “will help in this regard.”

Recounting some history, he stated that Ghanaians, 25 years ago, adopted with an overwhelming margin, the provisions of the 1992 constitution and resolved thereby to build a nation of accountable governance founded on the rule of law.

“The commitment they made still resounds strongly 25 years later for which we celebrated the silver jubilee of the fourth republic earlier this year,” he said

Describing the judiciary as one of the important arms for the preservation of the rule of law, President Nana Akufo-Addo reminded them that final judicial power of the state is vested solely in them.

“The judiciary has exclusive jurisdiction in all matters of the breach of the law, civil and criminal, including matters relating to the interpretation and enforcement of the constitution. It has that onerous responsibility to protect the individual liberties and fundamental human rights of citizens, to act as the arbiter in disputes between the state and the citizens, to act as the arbiter in disputes between citizens and to serve as the bulwark for the promotion of orderly development of our nation and for the defence of the liberties and rights of the citizens.”

The President, therefore, charged the new judges of the Court of Appeal to bear in mind that the growth of the nation demands that there is a judiciary “that commands the respect of the people by the nature of its delivery of justice as well as the comportment of its judges.”

President Akufo Addo continued, “It is vitally important that we have judges who are honest, possess integrity and a sound knowledge of the law.”

According to him, the application of the laws of the land must be manifested in the words of judicial oath, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will and therefore without recourse to the poilitical, religious or ethnic affiliation of any citizens of the land.

He stressed that there cannot be the needed development that would bring jobs to the youth without order.

President Akufo-Addo assured that his administration was determined to build a new Ghanaian civilization, “where the rule of law is not a slogan but an operating principle to the development of our state, where the separation of powers is real and meaningful, where public officials behave with honesty and integrity.”