Our judges have become jokes in chop bars – Mahama laments

President John Dramani Mahama has lamented the extent to which the country’s revered judges have become the butt of jokes across the country especially in chop bars and restaurants.

A recent investigative piece by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas revealed the seeming insatiable crave of sighted judges for sheep and goats.

As a result, reports are that many now refer to goat meat in chop bars as ‘judge’.

Speaking at the commissioning of a new court complex in Accra on Friday, October 9, President Mahama said: “The Anas video has provoked all kinds of salacious conversation and discussion both in private and the media and our judges regrettably have become the butt of jokes in chop bars and restaurants.”

He said the development has created a dark cloud around the judiciary.

He said previous allegations against the judiciary did not come with such massive evidential exposure like Anas’.

“Only a couple of years ago a bi-partisan committee of Parliament conducted an inquiry into the matter of judicial corruption, following allegations that were made by members of the public including some prominent legal professionals.”

President Mahama, however, insisted he will work with the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, and the Judicial Council to bring the judges found culpable to book.

“I am proud of the response of the ladyship the Chief Justice and the Judicial Council,” President Mahama said.

“The promptness of response and action taken indicates that our systems are working.”

Anas petitioned President Mahama over 12 high court judges while he petitioned Chief Justice Wood over 22 circuit court judges and magistrates.

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Already, seven of the high court justices have been suspended while all the 22 lower court judges have faced similar fates.

They are all, however, being investigated.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

Twitter: @kwame_amoh