First Vice Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Eastern Region, William Atamudzi fears the integrity of the country’s judicial system will further dwindle as bribery allegations are being slapped on top officials.
His concerns follow a 5 million dollars bribery allegation against Chief Justice Kwasi Anin-Yeboah recently.
The matter has been referred to the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service by Anin-Yeboah.
However, Atamudzi believes the Chief Justice must step aside for impartial investigations to take place.
Speaking to Mugabe Maase on Inside Politics Wednesday, the the NDC Chairman bemoaned the development and advised that the credibility of the Judicial Service must be guarded with passion.
“He should step aside for investigations to take place. That will be a good precedent that will help restore faith in the Judicial service,” Mr Atamudzi urged.
To him, the truth of the matter isn’t unraveled yet and when Anin-Yeboah recuses himself, it will show that the institutions within the Judiciary are working in the interest of the country.
There have been allegations against Chief justice by one lawyer Akwasi Afrifa who claims Anin-Yeboah demanded US $5 million from Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta VI.
This became public when the Kumasi-based lawyer responded to the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council (GLC) after a petition was brought against him by Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta VI.
In his response, Akwasi Afrifa alleged that the chief told him at the end of July 2020 that friends of his who were highly connected politically had taken him to see the Chief Justice who agreed to help him win his case on the condition that he drops him (Akwesi Afrifa) as the lawyer handling a case for him and engage Akoto Ampaw Esq in his stead.
“He [the chief] further informed me that the Chief Justice had demanded a bribe of USD$5,000,000.00 for a successful outcome of his case and that he had already paid USD$500,000.00 to the Chief Justice”, Akwesi Afrifa alleged Ogyeedom Obranu Kwesi Atta VI had told him.