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Friday, August 13, 2010

VEEP's Man: I Don’t Have Capacity To Assess Betty…Never Called For Her Head

John Jinapor, Spokesperson for the Vice President, John Dramani Mahama.
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John Jinapor, Spokesperson for the Vice President, John Dramani Mahama, has denied media reports that he called for the firing of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu following her not up to scratch performances during trial, which has resulted in the government losing three high profile cases consistently in just two weeks.

The latest legal defeat in the case of Ghana@50 trial where two officials of the erstwhile New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration, Messrs Kwadwo Mpiani and Wereko-Brobby were discharged by the Fast Track High Court seems to have hit the National Democratic Congress (NDC) quite hard in the face.

The Daily Guide newspaper yesterday reported that Mr. Jinapor, was so worked up over the performance of Madam Mould-Iddrisu saying she was demoralizing NDC activists. According to the Daily Guide, Mr. Jinapor, viewed the procedural errors as inexcusable, and maintained that the A-G and his department are giving the opposition New Patriotic Party ammunition to use against the incumbent government.

But commenting on this issue as a panelist on ‘Kokrokoo’, a morning show on Peace FM with Kwami Sefa-Kayi as the John Jinapor denied ever saying that the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu should be sacked because she is losing too many cases.

“I don’t have the capacity to assess her work. We don’t determine the effectiveness of a (prosecutor) by a court case or by the number of cases lost in court. But I think the situation is worrying so she should find out what is going wrong,” he added.

He also mentioned that “Ghanaians need to make our democracy work effectively and so we should allow Mrs. Betty Mould Iddrisu to go in for the appeal. We can then learn more from the legal grounds on which she is standing to judge the case,” and then find out what will happen next.

“After that if someone has spent money or caused financial loss to the state, the person should be dealt with,” he added.

Mr. Jinapor feels that Ghanaians are dwelling too much on the fact that the Attorney-General and the NDC government as a whole are losing a number of its high-profile cases in court and may give the impression that they cannot fulfill their manifesto promises.

To him, they should “balance the issues and juxtapose them with the positives of the government and not on the number of cases being lost.
Source: Rebecca Quaye/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana Institute of Journalism

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