Sunday, 23 June

Akufo-Addo & GBA’s silence on AG’s witness tampering scandal ‘worrying’ – ASEPA

General News
Akufo-Addo with GBA President and AG looking on

The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has joined the growing calls for the resignation or dismissal of Attorney General and Minister for Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame. 

This follows a leaked phone conversation in which Mr. Dame allegedly pressured Mr Richard Jakpa, the third accused in the ongoing ambulance case, to implicate Minority Leader Cassiel Ato Forson.

In a statement, ASEPA's Executive Director, Mr Mensah Thompson, condemned the Attorney General’s actions, stating that they undermine efforts to promote social equality, prevent human rights violations, and ensure justice. 

The organisation also expressed disappointment at the silence of the Ghana Bar Association and the Presidency, urging them to take a stance on the matter.

Dr Ato Forson, a former Deputy Finance Minister and current Minority Leader, is on trial for his alleged involvement in procuring faulty ambulances for Ghana. 

The case has sparked public debate, with many demanding Mr. Dame’s resignation over his conduct.

ASEPA emphasised that the Attorney General’s actions have damaged Ghana’s reputation, undermining the trust of international organisations that provide substantial support to civil society organisations (CSOs) and governmental agencies.

“We are, therefore, adding our voice to the many voices calling on the AG to resign or be sacked by the president, a touted human rights lawyer who claims has fought on the side of people on the other side of the AG’s vicious venom. Even more worrying than the conduct of the Attorney General, is the silence of the Ghana Bar Association and the Presidency, reducing this troubling development to a banter between the two main political parties.”

“As a CSO, we are aware of the millions of dollars international organisations spend in our country every year to support CSOs and governmental agencies to promote social equality, prevent human rights violations and promote justice delivery, the AG’s conduct has, therefore, undermined the steady progress we have made in these areas of key interest to our development partners and the international community at large and therefore deserves nothing but utter condemnation from all including the Bar Association and other stakeholders of the judiciary.”

“It will be a further dent on the image of the country if the Bar Association never finds its often skewed ruthless voice in this ongoing spectacle, everyone is watching.”