-According to the government, newly appointed CJ is not a relative of the President
-Justice Sophia Akuffo is the 5th Chief Justice under the Fourth Republic of Ghana
-Government functionaries have come out to debunk the rumor
Some appointments made by President Akufo-Addo came under harsh criticism as many people who opposed the appointments were of the view that he president’s appointments reeked of nepotism because he was appointing his family members into office.
Chief among the rumors that were circulating was that newly-appointed Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo was related to the president; a claim government officials at the presidency vehemently refute.
The rumors making rounds suggested that the family members of the president made up at least 80% of the current cabinet in place and topped it up with Justice Sophia Akuffo; making the NPP administration the most nepotistic government in Ghana’s history.
Speaking in an interview on Accra-based Kasapa FM, the Deputy Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah refuted claims that the president and the Chief Justice were related in anyway. He added that the rumor had no iota of truth in it and as such, Ghanaians should disregard it. He said that it was a matter of coincidence that the President and the Chief Justice shared the same name but it had nothing to do with family ties.
He said it was out of political mischief that some opposing figures of the current NPP administration would attribute any form of family ties among the two just to make the president look bad
President Akufo-Addo picked Supreme Court Judge, Justice Sophia Akuffo as the next Chief Justice of the country over a list of Supreme Court Justices. There were speculations that Justice William Atuguba was going to get the appointment but it turned out to be untrue.
Sophia Akuffo acquired her Masters in Law (LLM) from the Harvard University in the United States and has been serving Supreme Court of Ghana for the past two decades. She was the Supreme Court Judge who presided over the famous Montie 3 case. She has also served on many legal committees.
She becomes the Second Female Chief Justice Ghana has ever had.
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