It was an interesting day in Parliament today as the Minority filed a motion to have Godfred Dame removed as Attorney General. Over the past few months, questions have been raised as to why 499 law school entrants were denied admission with the excuse that they had failed despite gaining the pass mark. The 499 petitioned Parliament who in turn ordered the General Legal Council to admit the would be law students.
However, in a sharp rebuttal, the Attorney General responded and maintained that Parliament had no right to compel the GLC to admit students. Today, the Minority Chief Whip read a memorandum calling on a vote of censure for the removal of the Attorney General.
On Good Evening Ghana, tonight, Tuesday, November 9, 2021, Paul Adom Otchere chided Parliament for trying to walk beyond her boundaries. He wondered why despite the separation of powers, the law making power seeks to overstep her bounds. He called on Parliament to back down on their stand and allow the law to work.
He queried the rationale behind the NDC MPs motion to have the Attorney General removed. According to Paul, this was mischievous and shouldn’t be given a second thought. He said he was surprised that a whole Parliament will forget their mandate and try to infringe on the powers of the GLC.
“Parliament makes laws and if they see a problem with the law students, they will have to find laws to support it and not give orders to the Attorney General. They could have also walked to the Supreme Court to challenge it” Paul Adom said.
Paul called on the Attorney General and GLC to be firm because the Minority and Parliament cannot win this fight because the law was against them. He concluded that there is no evidence that there was an advertised pass mark of 50% before the exams were taken.
Article 82 states that it will take a two-thirds of members of Parliament for a vote of censure to stand. However, the vote can come off after 14 days of debate on the issue by lawmakers. It will be an interesting few weeks ahead as Ghanaians watch to see the end of this impasse. It is important to know that President Akufo-Addo in an interview with Kwame Sefa Kayi noted that there is no space for the 499
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