The Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina, Francis Xavier Sosu, has come under fire from the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) for his unveiled attack on judges in the country and the threat that some of them are going to be booted out office, should his party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) return to power.
The professional association of lawyers has roundly condemned the MP, who is himself a lawyer for what it says is his deep-seated ignorance.
Xavier Sosu is having his own troubles with the law over a protest march he organized in his constituency, is reported to have said at the “yentua’ demonstration against the electronic transaction tax (e-levy), held in Accra on Thursday, February 10, 2022, that the country’s judges had become political and they are going to be treated as politicians.
“What it means is that when you become partisan as a judge, remember that your tenure of office as a judge will run with the political party that you favour.
Let that be clear because political power is very transient, positions are not possessions, so people will come, people will go.”
The Ghana Bar Association in a statement signed jointly by its national president and national secretary was uncharitable to Xavier Sosu for what he said.
It noted that indiscreet pronouncements were not helpful to gains the country had made in its democratic governance.
The statement read in part; “The GBA finds the assertion by Francis Xavier Sosu Esq.
very unprofessional, unfortunate, irresponsible and distasteful and the same smacks of deep-seated ignorance, as the tenure of judges per the Constitution, 1992, and other relevant laws is never in any way whatsoever tied to the tenure of the political regime under which judges are appointed.
Judges, unlike political office holders, are not elected into office, hence it is reckless for anybody to give the slightest suggestion that the tenure of judges is linked to the tenure of the political regimes under which judges are appointed.”
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