Mahama has no power to make these late appointments – Philip Addison

    /    Dec 21, 2016   /     NewsBreak  /    Comments are closed  /    655 Views
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President John Dramani Mahama has no power to make article 71 office appointments with just few weeks to leave office, lawyer Philip Addison has said.

According to Mr. Addison, the last minute numerous appointments by the president is against the spirit of the constitution and would be challenged at the court.

“The president lacks the power to be making the appointment prior to leaving office. It’s against the spirit of the constitution for these heavy appointments to be made and that’s why we are in court,” he noted.

He further stated that, the attitude of the outgoing president is a deliberate orchestration to tie the hands of the incoming government.

Lawyer Philip Addison questioned the timing of the said appointments, demanding answers as to why the president refused to appoint them to absorb the positions while acting as the heads of the commissions.

He claimed that the president lacked confidence in the newly appointed commissioners hence, the delay in their confirmation as heads of the commissions all these while.

“These people have been in acting capacities over a year and as a result of lack of confidence in them, he didn’t appoint them so why is he doing that now?”, he asked.

The renowned lawyer called on the president to leave the office for the incoming government to appoint whom it deems right to steer the affairs of both the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE).

“The attitude of the president undermines the constitution,” he affirmed.

He believes that President Mahama has undermined the spirit of the constitution for making such late appointments.


President John Mahama yesterday appointed the deputies of both CHRAJ and the NCCE as the new commissioners for the respective commissions.

These come as a surprise to many with just few weeks to hand over power to the President-elect, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

Mrs Josephine Nkrumah and Joseph Akanjolenur Whittal were yesterday sworn-in as the new commissioners for CHRAJ and NCCE respectively.


Source: Sani Abdul-Rahman|

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