The Minority group in Parliament has come forward with a strong response directed at Godfred Yeboah Dame, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice. This response follows his recent warning against making comments on ongoing high-profile cases.
During a press conference, the Attorney-General firmly expressed his concerns, stating that such commentary goes beyond the acceptable limits of free speech. He argued that it interferes with the work of State Prosecutors and needlessly adds pressure to the courts.
In a statement released on July 5, Kwame Governs Agbodza, the Minority Chief Whip, shared his perspective on the matter. He expressed his belief that the Attorney-General lacks the authority to restrict citizens’ freedom of speech.
Agbodza, who represents the Adaklu constituency, emphasized the right of Ghanaians to express their opinions on national matters. He firmly stated that the Attorney-General cannot suppress the voices of the people.
“The Attorney-General does not possess such overreaching powers to impose fetters on free expression as he seeks to arrogate to himself. We wish to remind him that justice emanates from the people of Ghana and is administered for and on their behalf. Therefore, while it may displease him, the Ghanaian people cannot be stifled from having their say,” Governs Agbodza pointed out.
The Minority Chief Whip indicated that the warning by Godfred Dame will not break the Minority’s resolve to make the government accountable.
“We wish to serve notice, however, that our resilience cannot be broken, neither are we deterred by deliberate harassment and persecution laced with rabid political fanaticism by the Attorney-General to please this failed administration.
“This Attorney-General can do his worse and continue with his persecution, but that will not break the resolve of the Minority to keep holding the feet of the government to the fire of accountability,” he said.
Below is the statement released by the Minority Chief Whip: