We want police escort and preferential treatment at embassies - Judges

We want police escort and preferential treatment at embassies - Judges

- The Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana (AMJG), is pushing for better conditions of service

- President of the Association, Justice Senyo Dzamefe, talked about their salaries, and how they had to queue for long hours at embassies

- He also asked that government should restore their police escorts since they were vulnerable to attacks

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President of the Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana (AMJG), Justice Senyo Dzamefe, is pushing for better working conditions for its members.

According to him, members want an increment in salary and be spared the trouble of joining long queues when applying for visas to other countries.

Speaking at the 39th Annual General Meeting of the Association of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana, he lamented that their salaries were not the best and narrated how one justice of the supreme court was made to queue for long hours before getting served in a public place.

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“Our salaries are not the best.The Association is not happy the way Judges are treated when we apply for visas to travel. I have a harrowing story of one our very senior and respected Supreme Court judges…who was forced to join the public queue outside in the rain waiting for his turn to enter the U.S. Embassy for a visa interview,” he recounted.

The Association of Magistrates and Judges, therefore, wants members of the bench to be given the privilege to book an interview with a foreign embassy without having to join long queues.

Justice Dzamefe also asked that government restore police escorts since the nature of their work exposes them to vile members of the public.

“It is neither safe nor fair to withdraw our [police] escorts and literally push us into the public, mixing with the same people we convicted and sentenced to prison,” Justice Senyo Dzamefe said.

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In other news, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has attempted a justification for the over 8% increase in electricity and water tariffs on October 1, 2019.

According to the vice president, the NDC, while in power, cumulatively increased electricity tariff by a whopping 166%.

“Between 2013 and 2016, just the last four years of the NDC government, the cumulative increase in electricity tariff was 166%,” Dr. Bawumia said at the launch of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA) in Accra on Wednesday, October 2.

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