Be Grateful Kufuor Didn’t Kill You

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Balado Manu Tells Tsatsu Tsikata

A former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Ahafo Ano South, Stephen Balado Manu, has labelled the lead counsel for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the just ended Election Petition, Lawyer Tsatsu Tsikata as an “Ungrateful being”.

Tsatsu Tsikata, Kwame Peprah, George Sipa Yankey, Ibrahim Adam, Dan Abodakpi and the late Victor Selormey, who served under the Rawlings regime were victims of Kufuor’s regimes jail and pardon strategy’ on the criminal charge of “causing financial loss to the state”. That criminal offense is now extinct with none of Kufuor’s Ministers yet to go to jail.

The ex-NPP MP, suggested that Mr. Tsikata, who nearly died in the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, from a severe asthmatic attack ought to be grateful to the man – President John Agyekum Kufuor – who “fought tooth and nail” from a Circuit Court, the Normal High Court, the Fast Track High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court to throw him into jail, while the case was still ongoing.

Speaking on Asempa FM, last Tuesday, Mr. Balado Manu opined that, Mr. Tsikata’s refusal to apologize to ex-President Kufuor, shows how arrogant and ungrateful he is, after been granted amnesty by the former President adding, it is “legally menopausal and infantile” on the part of Tsatsu Tsikata, to criticize a Supreme Court judge of bias in the just dismissed election petition.

Mr. Tsikata’s criminal trial generated special interest from then Presidency and passed through four Ministers of Justice and Attorney-General namely, Nana Akufo-Addo, Papa Owusu-Ankomah, Nii Joseph Ayikoi Otoo and Joe Ghartey for nearly eight years, without success, hence an ambush conviction.

Minutes before the conviction, Justice Henrietta Abban, had described the case as an albatross around her neck, which she had to get rid of, although Mr. Tsikata’s lawyer, Prof. E.V.O Dankwa was copiously absent from court with a written permission.

Besides, aspects of the case, especially the immunity of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) were in the Supreme Court for determination, meaning the lower court, presided over Justice Abban, a Court of Appeal judge, sitting as additional High Court judge, was barred from hearing the case, until a decision from the Supreme Court, but this was not the case.

“If he has issues with (ex-) President Kufour, he should state it clearly. While he was in prison, it was former President Kufuor who granted him amnesty on the eve of his exit from office in 2009 with the NPP having lost the election, Balado Manu said.

“TsatsuTsikata, should thank the ex-president for the Presidential Amnesty, rather than the accusation. He should respect him. He (TsatsuTsikata) said, he owes no one an apology, including President Kufour…this can only come from an ungrateful person. I find TsatsuTsikata as an ungrateful lawyer and an ungrateful ex-prisoner.”

Last Saturday on TV3’s news analysis programme, “Hot Issues”, Mr. Tsikata told show host, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, that Justice Anin-Yeboah, allowed his political affiliations to cloud his judgment in the just ended election petition.

Mr. Tsikata said Justice Anim-Yeboah, from the onset consistently took an opposing stance against the NDC’s arguments and position as far as the case was concerned.

According to him, he was not really surprised by Justice Anin-Yeboah’s persistent and consistent opposition to the stance of the NDC, because he was appointed to the Supreme Court by ex-President Kufuor of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Calls on Mr. Tsikata to render an unqualified apology to Justice Anin-Yeboah and ex-President Kufuor, both who hail from Nkawie, in the Ashanti Region, has been rebuffed by him, insisting that what he said about Justice Annin-Yeboah is “factual”. Adding, “Why Should I apologise to the former President [Kufuor]?”

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