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A member of the communication and legal teams of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Amaliba says it was not surprising the minority voted against Supreme Court nominee, Justice Clement Honyenuga’s approval.
He told NEAT FM’s morning show ‘Ghana Montie’, Tuesday, May 12, 2020, that Justice Honyenuga “was not fully prepared for the committee”, hence, his disapproval by the minority is justifiable.
“He did not prepare. He took things for granted and wasn’t serious. As a Judge, how can you go for a vetting without a constitution? For him to have boldly said he wasn’t with his constitution was shocking,” Lawyer Amaliba told host, Kwesi Aboagye
Adding that “his responses to questions by the committee clearly indicated that he was far from ready for the committee before going there.”
Vote Against Justice Clement Honyenuga
The Minority MPs overwhelmingly opposed the appointment of the Appeals Court Judge’s nomination as Justice of the Supreme Court.
They voted against him at the Appointment Committee level after accusing him of political bias after he as a Paramount Chief of Nyabo Traditional Area endorsed President Akufo-Addo’s second term bid when he visited his area in February 2020.
But the Chief appearing before Parliament’s Appointment Committee during his vetting, Justice Clement Honyenuga apologized for endorsing President Akufo-Addo.
However, the Minority was not moved by his apology as the group voted against his approval, but the Majority overruled them my 10 to 7 votes.
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