The Chairman for the Constitutional, Legal and
Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament, Ben Abdalla has stated that
President Nana Akufo-Addo erred in law for swearing into office the Chief
Justice, Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah on a public holiday.
Some lawyers and social commentators have flaked President Akufo-Addo for swearing in the 14th Chief Justice of the country on a Constitution Day – a day set aside as a public holiday by his administration.
However, Mr Abdalla, who is a lawyer, said there is no law barring the president from undertaking such a national duty on a public holiday.
“There is nothing wrong with swearing in the Chief Justice on a public holiday because it is within the prerogative of the president to decide on which day to do it after Parliament has approved him.
Secondly, there is no law that bars the president from swearing him in on a holiday,” he said.
Chief Justice Anin Yeboah in his first statement after his swearing-in said he is honoured to have been appointed as Chief Justice of Ghana.
He thanked President Akufo-Addo, the Council of
State and Parliament for the various constitutional roles they played leading
to his appointment as Chief Justice.
He further indicated that there some urgent issues that came up during his vetting by Parliament would be given all the attention it deserves.
“During my vetting by Parliament, it was evident that the following issues concerning the Judiciary were of concern to the representatives of the people of Ghana.
The integrity of the Judiciary and perception
of corruption, delays in the justice delivery system, poor infrastructure of
the courts and residences of Judicial officers, inadequate resources for the
running of the Judiciary and Justice delivery system of Ghana.”
I want to assure the people of Ghana that I will continue to jealously guard the integrity of the Judiciary as my predecessors in office have done. I will take all necessary steps to ensure that during my term in office, solutions are found to these issues of concern,” Justice Anin Yeboah said.
The ceremony was graced by the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei Opare, former President John Kufour, former President Jerry John Rawlings, former First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, ministers of state, justices of the Supreme Court, members of the Judicial Council and General Legal Council, members of the Council of State.