Political tensions worrying -Nana
Fajai(W/R) Sept. 2, Ghanadot/GNA -
Nana Kobina Nketsia V, Omanhene of Essikadu has expressed
worry about current political tensions in the country.
He said Ghanaians have been exaggerating their differences,
opening up past aspects of our society and thereby
compounding “our doubts as a people”.
Nana Nketsia was speaking at the opening of a fourth
triennial conference of the Judicial Service Staff
Association of Ghana (JUSAG) at Fijai near Takoradi on
It was on the theme, “Uniting for better working conditions
and success of the judicial reforms”.
“The year of elections tends to whip up all the negatives of
our existence, instead of giving us peace,” adding that
“partisanship has appears to put sectional interests above
Nana Nketsia said the over politicization of the judicial
system, had led to many chiefs suffering considerable over
the years, but this should not be so, after attaining
“I always get embarrassed over accusations of partisanship
over our judicial system, and we must fight for a respected
and politically neutral judicial system,” he said.
Nana Nketsia stressed that politicising our judicial system
was a sure path for destruction of the nation, but the
nation needed to build on confidence in its entire
“We need to focus on the spirit of true independence, which
is embodied in ‘freedom and justice’ and this should serve
as the watchdog of our existence and inspire us into the
future,” he stressed.
He expressed his regret that the various political parties
were not focusing on ‘deeper issues’ that confronted the
Nana Nketsia said mental decolonization seemed to have taken
over in all endeavours, “yet our political leaders seem
oblivious to it”.
He said the poor remuneration, absence of scheme of service,
lack of periodic in-service training, accommodation problems
and the absence of a clear cut procedure for promotions in
the service, needed to be addressed to boost the moral of
members of JUSAG.
Mrs Justice Georgina T. Wood, Chief Justice of Ghana said
the judiciary would not tolerate abuse, fraud, forgery of
court documents among others.
She said some members of JUSAG had posed as lawyers and
duped unsuspecting persons who patronise the courts.
Mrs Wood said the issuance of identification name tags, were
aimed at boosting the moral of personnel, but some have
refused to boldly display their tags.
She cautioned members of JUSAG not to engage in any acts of
fraud, electoral irregularities or violence before during
and after the elections.
She reminded them not to discriminate by word or conduct,
show bias or prejudice based on religion, ethnic origin,
disability, age, gender, marital status, social or economic
status, political affiliation or opinion in the performance
of their official duties.