CHALLENGING CHRAJ RULING ON $ 2.25. BILION KEN BOND CAN THREATEN INDEPENDENCE OF STATE INSTITUTIONS
There seems to be a worrying discourse after the release of the 5 months investigative report by Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). Soon after the CHRAJ reports came out and a waiting official response from the petitioner Citizen Brogya Genfi, and Respondents cum accused Finance Minister Ken. Ofori Atta, former CHRAJ Boss Justice Emile Short is already advising the Lawyers of the Finance Minister to go to court to challenge CHRAJ ruling and the Deputy Attorney General Mr. Godfred Odame fearing that “the findings of the report are fraught with inaccuracies that could be used by political opponents to make scandalous claims against the finance minister”
We see the actions of these two men as a threat to chraj’s independence to work freely from interference and obstructions. As a country we identify interference from the influential elites in the works of state institutions as a major cause of maladministration and corruption in almost all our state institutions. It is therefore morally not acceptable for a the former chairman to have suggested court action to clear the finance ministers name before his official response to the queries from chraj, also Mr. Odame’s claims and fears of political opponents using incriminating portions against the finance minister can’t be sufficient reason to quash the chraj findings incriminating the finance minister.
Article six of the 1992 constitution of Ghana provides for the directive principles of state policy which is expected to guide all citizens, parliament, the president, the judiciary, the cabinet, political parties and civic society etc. for the realization of a just national society, among others
Under this same article state institution such as CHRAJ has their right to work freely and independently without any form of undue inference.
The finance minister has already requested 15 days to study and respond to the queries, so what is the usefulness of these advice and suggestion to go to court, instead of helping and encouraging chraj to implement it recommendations.
The advice in the said report to the finance minister to prevent primary dealers or transactional advisors from gaining an unfair advantage and ensuring strict implementation of section 56 of the Public Financial Management Act 921 within the shortest possible time due to imperative of bonds becoming a feature of the country’s debt payment system and the appetite of investors, should go to all ministries and government agencies concern because to for worn is to for armed.
Felix Djan Foh