There is something funny happening here; we have just learned that the lawyers for Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings are quibbling over whether the Accra High Court trying her patent case of political fraud is constitutionally qualified to hear the same.
For those of our readers who may not have been closely following events, this case involves the eligibility of the eldest daughter of Chairman Jerry John Rawlings to contest the November 2016 parliamentary election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). Dr. Agyeman-Rawlings is being fiercely challenged in court by Nii Armah Ashitey, the former Greater-Accra Regional Minister and Klottey-Korle parliamentary incumbent, whom Dr. Agyeman-Rawlings handily defeated in a parliamentary primary last year (See “High Court Not Fit to Hear Zanetor’s Case – Lawyer” Starrfmonline.com / Ghanaweb.com 3/18/16).
There is something funny here because if Dr. Agyeman-Rawlings’ lawyers were really up to snuff with their legal practice, as it were, they would have filed a petition to have their client’s cased referred to the Supreme Court long before judicial proceedings began at the Accra High Court. This case is what Americans call an open-and-shut case; it revolves around the critical question of whether the young medical practitioner was duly registered as an eligible voter and bona fide member of the National Democratic Congress in good standing, when she decided to contest in the ruling party’s most recent parliamentary primary in the Klottey-Korle Constituency of Central-Accra.
In both instances, both the Electoral Commission (EC) and the executive leadership of the NDC have resoundingly confirmed that, indeed, Dr. Agyeman-Rawlings was in egregious and gross violation of the law when she gatecrashed herself into the Klottey-Korle parliamentary primary, which she won by a landslide.
As of this writing, Chairman Rawlings was widely reported to have declared that no individual or institution in all the land could prevent his outlaw and scofflaw daughter from contesting in the Klottey-Korle parliamentary election on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress, come November 2016. Such bluster is, of course, to be expected, because Chairman Rawlings has never been sanctioned for his visitation of untold atrocities, including politically and ethnically motivated murders, against the Ghanaian people during the two protracted decades that this impenitent Trokosi Nationalist and his tribesmen and other unconscionable non-Anlo-Ewe collaborators colluded to literally lay the moral and economic fabric of Ghana to wanton wastage.
The preceding notwithstanding, what is very likely to occur here, and that is assuming that the country’s judicial system still retains a remarkable modicum of credibility, is that last year’s Klottey-Korle parliamentary primary in which Dr. Agyeman-Rawlings emerged the victor is going to be annulled by the Accra High Court. If the latter happens, it would be incumbent on the Wood Supreme Court, if it is to be taken seriously, to roundly refuse to hear the case on appeal and instead let the verdict of the lower court stand.
And should the latter situation prevail, there is absolutely no way for Dr. Agyeman-Rawlings to resort to any other legitimate judicial gambit than go independent. In essence, what she did here, in cahoots with her pathologically cynical and unconscionable father, Chairman Rawlings, was to perpetrate a criminal and political fraud on the people of both the Klottey-Korle Constituency and the nation at large.
Twenty years of riding roughshod over the Ghanaian people ought to be enough, already! Indeed, Parliament may do Ghanaian democracy great good by voting to revoke the Indemnity Clauses illegally inserted into the country’s 1992 Republican Constitution in order to put a permanent cessation to the fraudulent shenanigans of the Rawlings Clan and its allies in criminal mischief. The continuous acceptance of the Indemnity Clauses poses great danger to the healthy growth and development of Ghanaian democracy. It also puts the moral, cultural and intellectual integrity of the Ghanaian people in a very bad light before the international community.
It is also rather lurid and morally repugnant for Chairman Rawlings and his wife, Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, to so cavalierly suppose that they could settle their personal and private and petty squabbles and scores with Nii Armah Ashitey by playing their thirty-something-year-old foreign-educated daughter against their former staunch and trusted political ally. A little shame could do the Rawlingses a lot of good.
Source: Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.
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