The 2012 Presidential Candidate of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Dr. Foster Abu Sakara has lauded investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, for taking the bull by the horn to investigate the judiciary and expose those who have been compromising their positions in their line of duty.
“I think that we should commend Anas for taking that risk because it is not an easy thing to do in the first place. It is a very risky thing to do. We should not take that negative attitude – I don’t support that all. If the truth is there it should be revealed,” he said in an interview with Fiifi Banson on Kasapa 102.3 FM Tuesday.
A total of 34 judges are being investigated after they were caught on camera taking bribes in their line of duty.
Out of the number, twelve are justices of the superior courts while the remaining are Circuit Judges and Magistrates.
Seven of the High Court Judges implicated in the corruption have been suspended.
A further twelve Circuit Judges and Magistrates are also on suspension in connection to the bribery scandal.
Mr. Sakara believes that the action taken by the Chief Justice and the Judicial is enough for the citizenry to have confidence that the country’s judicial system works.
“If there have been some wrong doing by a few people, you don’t take it that entire system doesn’t work. So, it should not be a condemnation of our judicial system. We should know that the fact that we can even deal with that itself is an acknowledgement that the system works.”
“If it was another country, the tape would have disappeared and there would be no questions to ask. We are not in that country anymore which shows that the system is improving and it is working and we have to ask where we are making progress because sometimes the negativity is too much.”
“Something just happens and everybody will say the whole system is rotten. Go and visit other countries and see then when you land at Kotoka and you breath the air you will be glad that you have arrived in Ghana. I am not saying that we are perfect – far from it but we have a lot of work to do. I for one believe that we are not where we are supposed to be.”
“But that notwithstanding, we also have to recognize where we have managed to get institutions to work. So, it is important to recognize the contributions of the judiciary and the fact that they have been able to review these tapes and sanctions imposed on the people concerned. That should tell us that we should continue to believe in our system.”