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We Are Extremely Disappointed; CHRAJ Is Being Irresponsible-ASEPA Boss

The Executive Director of Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability, Mensah Thompson, has suggested that the decision by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice not to probe the allegations leveled against the Chief Justice is "irresponsible".

Mr. Thompson Mensah made this assertion when speaking with Ernest Kojo Manu during the midday news on Joy news.

ASEPA petitioned CHRAJ to investigate the Chief Justice for an alleged bribe of $5m to influence the outcome of a court case. The group indicated that the allegations had brought the reputation of the Judiciary into disrepute and that it raises concerns about Justice administration in the country. It further indicated that the allegations, if found to obtain some substance, constitutes a breach of code of conduct by the Chief Justice as stipulated in some provisions in the constitution.

In response, CHRAJ turned down the request to investigate the matter any further by exercising its discretionary powers as stipulated in section 13 (1) of the CHRAJ Act. The commission contends that the matter is currently pending at an appropriate constitutional forum and so it sees no need to further peruse the matter.

Meanwhile, Mr. Thompson Mensah holds a different view on the matter. Expressing his disappointment, he said; " First of all, we are disappointed by the response given by CHRAJ. CHRAJ has been clothed with powers to investigate matters of corruption, bribery, and administrative misconduct by public office-holders and so it is inconceivable to think that CHRAJ would shed off their responsibility with claims that another constitutional provision has been invoked and so that provision has enough remedy for our case. For CHRAJ to just pre-empt the possible outcome of another investigation as a basis to shed off their ultimate responsibility under the constitution, for me is irresponsible".

The ASEPA Boss insists that, by the rejection of their requests, the commission is only engaging in pre-empting the outcome of investigations by the Office of the President. He bemoaned CHRAJ's refusal to engage his outfit before deciding to reject their request.

It must be noted that this is the second time a petition by ASEPA has being rejected by CHRAJ on matters relating to the Chief Justice. Prior to his Parliamentary approval as Chief Justice, ASEPA filed a complaint at CHRAJ indicating that, his approval would be in contravention of article 286 of the constitution because he had failed to declare his assets and liabilities. In response, CHRAJ revealed that investigation showed he had duly declared his assets and liabilities.

It is not clear why ASEPA would rush to petition CHRAJ on a matter it had earlier petitioned the President and received an assuring response to same.

If the Chief Justice is found to have engaged in the act, he is likely to be impeached and sacked.

Cityzen_Vigilante would closely monitor developments and keep you updated.

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ASEPA Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability Chief Justice Judiciary Thompson Mensah

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