A Ghanaian citizen by name Mensah Thompson has petitioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo as the first step to have the Chief Justice, Sophia Akufo, impeached.
The plaintiff is citing “stated incompetence” as the grounds to have the head of the judicial arm of government removed from office.
Article 146 (6) of the 1992 Constitution states that if the president is petitioned for the removal of the Chief Justice, he shall in consultation with the Council of State appoint a committee consisting of two justices of the Supreme Court.
Mr Thompson stated in his petition, “the conduct of the sitting Chief Justice…clearly shows her incompetence in managing the highest office of the judiciary which has a constitutional mandate to be fair, just and equitable in the application of the laws of Ghana”.
Explaining himself, the petitioner said the African Court for Human and People’s Rights (AfCHPR) last year issued a provisional measure to have all proceedings halted on the Woyome V Republic of Ghana case.
Thompson, te Executive Director of the Alliance For Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), stressed he finds it a duty to defend the provisions of the constitution.
He said he had initially written to the Chief Justice over the issue, even reminding her of her role while Vice President and later President of AfCHPR
It remains to be seen if the President will consult with the Council of State on the petition,
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