The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Mr Malik Kweku Baako Jnr, has described as unfair the animosity by some members of the ruling government towards Attorney General Betty Mould-Iddrisu for consistently losing high profile cases brought against some past officials.
The A-G came under intense pressure to prosecute ex-government officials some months into the Mills administration and the heat reached a crescendo when a former Supreme Court judge, Justice Francis Yaw Kpegah joined the fray. Some supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in La Dade Kotopon Constituency threatened to go on demonstration if Mrs Mould-Iddrisu did not initiate the prosecution of some members of the Kufuor government believed to have engaged in corrupt practices.
In the immediate aftermath of the agitations, a number of former government officials were arraigned before court to answer charges of impropriety. The Deputy A-G, Ebo Barton-Oduro then emphasised the prosecutions had nothing to do with the agitations and that it was a mere coincidence.
The pressure has escalated now that the government has lost three of these high profile cases consistently in just two weeks. Some leading NDC members expressed concern about the issue, attributing it to saboteurs in the A-G’s department.
However, speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana programme Thursday, Kweku Baako noted that by their posture, the NDC are indicating they saw these trials as “a political exercise that must definitely and necessarily result in a conviction and sentence of those two characters [Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana@50 Secretariat, and Kwadwo Mpiani, Chairman of the anniversary planning committee]”.
He stated that there was no A-G in Ghana’s history who has successful won all cases on behalf of the government, recalling that under former president John Agyekum Kufuor, some high profile cases were lost by the state involving a predecessor government.
By: Dorcas Efe Mensah/myjoyonline.com/Ghana