The ongoing petition at the nation’s apex court irrespective of how intense and engaging it has been so far has had its many flash periods of nerve-calming humor. Today’s session was no exception.
Today's proceedings commenced with a twist which was not so as previous. The petitioner’s third witness, Mr. Joseph Mettle-Nunoo due to an undisclosed medical situation could not be physically present to give witness and for that reason had to be tied in from his home through zoom.
He also had a registrar from the Supreme Court at his residence to help him swear the witness’ oath and probably other judiciary duties we are not aware of.
The duration anticipated for the sitting went beyond anticipated. Lead counsel for the petitioner, Mr. Tsatsu Tsikata felt it was quite an uncomfortable situation for the third witness as well as the court’s registrar who was at the residence of Mr. Mettle-Nunoo.
It was in this light and probably an effort to lighten up the mood in the chamber that Mr. Tsikata expressed worry that if they knew proceedings would drag that long with a registrar at the third witness’ residence, they would have made arrangements for lunch.
This was after he asked if the registrar had had lunch. He said he had contemplated making arrangements for food for the man but was concerned that other meanings would be read into the gesture. This led to a burst of laughter from the judges and the others in the chamber.
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