The Chief Justice nominee Justice Sophia Akuffo must brace up for a possible 10-hour grilling session when she appears before the Appointments Committee of Parliament, Friday.
Chairman of the Appointments Committee Joe Osei Owusu says each of the 26 members of the Appointments Committee of Parliament have a dedicated 20 minutes to ask any question of the Chief Justice nominee.
As if that is not enough, the Chairman and Ranking members of the Constitution and Legal Affairs and Judicial committees will also be given 20 minutes each to fire their own set of questions.
This brings to 30 the number of MPs scheduled to have a date with the woman nominated by the president to head Ghana’s Judiciary.
If each member were to exhaust the time allotted to him or her, tomorrow’s vetting will be the longest, hopefully interesting vetting any public official has been subjected to.
Key amongst the issue to be raised are her supposed acquaintance with the president Nana Akufo-Addo, the man who gave her the first shot at legal practice soon after law school
With the current phenomenon of mob justice, and the recent controversy over whether lawyers need to advertise or not, there is a wide range of area from which the MPs can ask their questions.
“This one will be different to the extent that she is the ultimate. Ministers are only assistants to the president but she is the ultimate, Chairman of the Appointment Committee said in an interview with Joy News’ Parliamentary correspondent Joseph Opoku Gakpo.
“..This one is the ultimate. Once she is confirmed [it is] finished. Unless you prove misconduct on her part you can’t touch her.
He said the long period of vetting is to expose her as much as possible to the general public.
MP for Atwima Kwanwoma Constituency Dr Appiah Kubi is hoping there vetting will only last for two hours.
He is praying the MPs will ask relevant questions but cautioned the nominee to also be precise in her answers to avoid needless banter during the vetting.