President of the Association of Judges and Magistrates, Court of Appeals judge Justice Senyo Dzamefe, has revealed that the new residential facilities given to judges, following the demolition of their bungalows at Ridge, have some structural defects.
According to him, although the houses located at Cantonments seem nice on the outside they are on the flight path of planes from the Kotoka International Airport.
Thus, the force with which the heavy planes take off directly affect the houses, he said at the 40th general meeting of the Association on Wednesday, September 29.
“Aside from the terrible noise created by the planes, the doors and other items (in the house) shake when the heavy planes fly over. In fact, two days ago one of my flower vases got broken because my house is the first so I experience the heaviest noise. Surprisingly the contractor negligently failed to fix double glazed windows to curtail the noise.”
Government properties including the residential accommodation for Appeals court justices were pulled down to make way for the construction of a national cathedral.
The government later engaged in a land-swap deal with a private estate developer for the construction of 21 housing units for the Judges of the Judiciary Service at a prime location at Cantonment in Accra
Justice Dzamefe said 21 justices of the Supreme and Court of Appeals have moved in to occupy the townhouses.
He said that despite the fact the almost all houses at Cantonments seem to have double glazed windows to help deal with the noise from planes, these homes built for judges seems lacking.
He, therefore, called on management “to save the lives of the occupants as well as the lifespan of the buildings.”