As He Goes Through Vetting Today
Chief Justice nominee, Justice Anin Yeboah, who gets vetted today by the Appointments Committee of Parliament, is about to receive his first baptism of fire, having been dragged before the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) over his assets.
Justice Anin Yeboah
According to a private citizen, any Parliamentary approval of Justice AninYeboah, will go contrary to article 286 of the 1992 Constitution, because he has refused to disclose his assets and liabilities as required by the 1992 Constitution.
Mensah Thompson, has also petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, over the nomination of newly nominated Supreme Court Judge.
Mr Thompson, argued that Justice AninYeboah, prior to his nomination as the Chief Justice, had been a Justice of the court of appeal and was required under the Constitution to have declared his assets and liabilities.
“The basis of my petition is that, I have filed a complaint against the nominee with the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) under article 286 of the 1992 constitution for non-disclosure of assets and liabilities. I have attached to this petition my letter to CHRAJ and the acknowledgement of receipt for your attention.”
“The approval has been a Justice of the Court of Appeal since 2008 and was required under the constitution of Ghana which is the highest law of the land, to have declared his assets and liabilities.”
Article 286 of the constitution of Ghana states that: “A person who holds a public office mentioned in clause (5) of this Article shall submit to the Auditor-General a written declaration of all property or assets owned by, or liabilities owed by, him whether directly or indirectly.”
The public offices to which the provisions of this article apply are those of the President of the Republic; the Vice-President of the Republic; the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and a Member of Parliament; Minister of State or Deputy Minister; Chief Justice, Justice of the Superior Court of Judicature, Chairman of a Regional Tribunal, the Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice and his Deputies and all judicial officers.
Justice AninYeboah’s nomination
President Akufo-Addo, earlier this month, nominated Justice AninYeboah, as the new Chief Justice of Ghana.
The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei Owusu, who read a speech on behalf of the President in Parliament, said the President was fully confident in Justice AninYeboah’s capacity to ’eminently’ occupy the office of Ghana’s Chief Justice.
The President, also disclosed that he consulted the Council of Elders, prior to the nomination of Justice AninYeboah.
“In order to avoid a vacuum in the office of the Chief Justice following her retirement, I decided to initiate the processes for the appointment of her successor. To that end, a letter dated 2nd December 2019, pursuant to Article 144 (1) of the Constitution, I consulted with the Council of State on my nominee, Mr Justice AninYeboah, who has been at the Supreme Court for the last 11 years and 5 years on the Court of Appeal prior to that, to succeed Chief Justice Akuffo.”
“The Council of Elders, have notified me by letter under the hand of the Chairperson, dated 11th December 2019, of the successful completion of the consultation process. Thus, in accordance to Article 144 (1) of the Constitution, I write to inform you that I have nominated Justice AninYeboah for approval by Parliament as the next Chief Justice. I’m fully satisfied that Justice AninYeboah is qualified and eminently fit to occupy the office of Chief Justice.”