Akufo-Addo is above the law? Sulemana Braimah fumes

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Sulemana Braimah, the Executive Director of the Media Rights Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) has asked if some people do not deserve to suffer consequences for their actions because of their position. The esteemed anti-corruption campaigner was reacting to the Supreme Court decision on the forced exile of former Auditor-General Daniel Yao Domelevo by President Akufo-Addo.

A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court last week unanimously ruled that the President’s action which pushed the then Auditor-General out of office in 2020 was unconditional.

Presided over by Justice Nene Amegatcher, the Supreme Court ruling said, “We declare the directive by the President appointing an acting Auditor-General when the substantive Auditor-General had not retired or been removed from office purportedly in accordance with Article 146 of the 1992 Constitution as unconstitutional, null and void”.

However, there has been no directive for compensation and Domelevo cannot be reinstated since he has now officially reached the retirement age stipulated by law. And Suleman Braimah has wondered if the issue should end there.

“So when the President acts unconstitutionally he faces consequences? If the victims of his unconstitutional acts die for example, we simply say, the victims are dead so no actions against the President? Domelovo has already retired and so no consequences?” he queried.

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