Lawyer and KPMG Professor in Accounting at the Fisher School of Accounting, University of Florida Stephen Kwaku Asare widely known as Kwaku Azar has asserted that he is hopeful that the Judicial Council will soon come out with a statement that superior court judges will no longer take ex-gratia.
In a post shared on his official Facebook page he wrote;
"The Constitution wanted superior court judges to have the courage and independence to adjudicate on controversial perks, such as the mouth-watering ex gratia."
He argued that it is the reason why it awarded retired judges of the superior court a lifetime pension that is equivalent to the salary of serving judges.
"I’m optimistic that a retired judge will be the next to return the ex gratia to the national kitty. I am very hopeful that the Judicial Council will soon come out with a statement to state that superior court judges will no longer take ex gratia." Kwaku Azar said
The comments of Kwaku Azar comes as a background to the recent ex-gratia issue that has been trending. Togbe Afede, a former Council Of State member, refunded his ex-gratia worth 365,000 after claiming that he feels it is not appropriate for him to take such huge amount after just four years of the part time job.
Following that, many people have expressed that ex-gratia enjoyed by article 71 holders should be scrapped.
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