Chief Justice Kwasi Anin Yeboah has reported NDC Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East, Dr. Dominic Ayine to the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council for further investigation for comments he claimed the lawmaker made questioning the autonomy of the Judiciary in Ghana under the president, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo.
This follows comments made by the former Deputy Attorney General and a member of the legal team of H.E John Dramani Mahama in the 2020 election petition, questioning how the Supreme Court adjudicated the 2020 election petition filed by his former boss, Mr. John Mahama.
Scores of Ghanaians are not happy about the conduct of the Chief Justice and have criticized the move by the General Legal council for summoning the former Deputy state Attorney for his criticism given that Similar criticisms were made in the past without the intervention of the General Legal Counsel.
Dr. Ayine, speaking on Joy FM’s News File program indicated that the failure of the Supreme Court to apply the rules of procedure as well as consistent and continuous dismissal of the petitioner’s applications or reliefs were questionable.
The Chief Justice has found the comments to be “disparaging and totally unacceptable” and has as a result reported the Bolgatanga East MP to the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council for further investigation.
But Angry Ghanaians have taken to the internet to protest over the summoning of the lawmaker named it as a political move to silence the opposition NDC and is an attack on lawyers affiliated with the Opposition NDC.
Social media users across the country have become increasingly angry with the government of Nana Addo and social media has become their place to display their anger and show solidarity with the National Democratic Congress.
In Ghana, the color red is a strong symbol. Meaning solemnity, mourning, communal anger, violence, and a general sense of dissatisfaction, it’s also used to recognize moments of great loss and represent the feelings of those in protest. That’s why, on Tuesday, 22nd June 2021 scores of agitated youths in Ghana hosted an online campaign, using the color red on their profile pictures with the hashtag,#DrAyineCommittedNoCrime and encouraging others to follow suit.
The online event – known as the #DrAyineCommittedNoCrime campaign that took over the popular #fixthecountry campaign– was a response to what thousands referred to as an attack on freedom of Speech.
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