Sacked National Coordinator of the National Youth Council has described as “terrible” comments made by Dr. Kwabena Adjei, Chairman of the National Democratic Congress on the Judiciary.

Dr. Sekou Nkrumah who spoke on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show said the comments were in bad taste given the historical antecedents of the NDC.

The NDC chair at a press conference in Accra last week asked the Chief Justice to cleanse the Judiciary of corruption failing which the NDC will do it for her. He cautioned that there are so many ways of “killing a cat”, adding, “we will clean it and let everybody everywhere blame us for interfering in the judiciary and we will take them on.”

His comments have since generated a bitter public uproar among politicians, judges and magistrates as well as members of the civil society.

Speaking on a wide variety of issues, Dr. Nkrumah said the NDC must not make any reference to “killing” when it comes to the Judiciary.

According to him, the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), the military junta from which the National Democratic Congress evolved, has a history of killing judges for which reason phrases like “killing the cat” no matter how well intentioned, should not be entertained.

“As for the comments from the National Chairman I think they were terrible comments, knowing the history of this country, especially from a party that cannot divorce itself from the PNDC and we were all in this country when judges were killed. Killed by who? It was a high ranking member of the PNDC. Isn’t it? So I think a party like the NDC should avoid making such comments like ‘so many ways of killing the cat'”, he stated.

He said the NDC has “shot itself in the foot” when it made so many allegations of corruption against the NPP and must now be seen to be prosecuting those alleged culprits.

“It (corruption) could be true; it could be perception. Whatever it is use proper channels” to ensure that they are punished for the wrong doing, he advised.

He said the Judiciary must be left to be independent, adding that President John Mills has given the assurance he will not interfere in the activities of the Judiciary.

Play the attached audio for excerpts of the interview Kojo Oppong-Nkrumah had with Dr. Nkrumah

Story by Nathan Gadugah/