ASEPA welcomes Presidency’s response on petition to have CJ removed over $5M bribe claim

The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) says the Presidency’s response to its petition for the possible removal of the Chief Justice, Kwasi Anin-Yeboah, over the $5 million bribery allegation made against him is welcoming.

It said the presidency has acted in line with its expectation.

The Presidency has said some processes had already commenced prior to being petitioned over the matter.

The response was contained in a letter to ASEPA which petitioned the president to invoke provisions of Article 146 to commence impeachment proceedings against the Chief Justice.

ASEPA’s Executive Director, Mensah Thompson, in an interview on Eyewitness News, said the update from the President’s side is in order.

“I think this is quite delightful, just as we expected the President to do. There is nothing unusual about this because the constitution is very clear about what the processes are and the President is supposed to act as a conveyor belt when he receives such petitions.”

When asked specifically if he is thus satisfied with the reply in relation to the substantive matter, Mr. Thompson retorted: “Not yet, but it is a giant step towards our expectations because we want to get to the bottom of the matter and the processes must go on. If the processes are fair and transparent and the facts arrive, we will be satisfied with whatever outcome.”

The civil society group filed the petition after it also wrote to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, CHRAJ, to probe the matter.

The presidency’s action will therefore be in line with Article 146 of the Constitution.

The $5 million bribery allegations were contained in a response of a lawyer, Akwasi Afrifa, in response to a petition filed against him by his client at the disciplinary committee of the General Legal Council (GLC).

Although the Chief Justice has denied the accusation and asked the police to probe the matter, ASEPA contends that the allegations have brought the name of the Judiciary into disrepute and cast a serious slur on justice administration in the country, hence the presidential petition.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the President, Nana Bediatuo Asante, the office said it has officially received the petition and has initiated processes to act on it.

The letter, titled; Re: In Re: Petition to invoke Article 146 for the removal of Chief Justice, said, “I write to acknowledge receipt of your undated petition in respect of the above subject matter and to inform you that the President of the Republic has, in accordance with Article 146 (6) of the Constitution, commenced the appropriate processes subsequent to being petitioned for the removal of the Chief Justice”.