Governance expert, Mr. George Kyei Baffour believes that the provisions in the constitution which grant the President immunity from prosecution should maintained and not revised.
This comes in the wake of comments made by National Democratic Congress Presidential aspirant Hon. Alban Bagbin on Tuesday evening on Accra-based Citi TV
Mr. George Baffour argued that in a country that values the rule of law and is committed to fighting corruption, it doesn’t make sense for the incumbent President not to be subject to prosecution and conviction should they flout any laws.
Mr. Baffour speaking exclusively to Univers News said that as a citizen of Ghana and a lawmaker, Hon. Bagbin is constitutionally eligible to make observations regarding provisions in the constitution.
This is further reinforced because of his length of his service as a lawmaker and depth of knowledge about the constitutional process.
However, Mr. Baffour said that Hon. Bagbin’s idea can only stand the test of time only if the necessary constitutional amendments are made.
This is notwithstanding the fact that the constitution has already made provisions in Article 57(6) that allow for civil or criminal proceedings to be opened against a former president after 3 years of the individual leaving office.
He further explained that as a nation that is experimenting with the Democratic process of governance and is still a relatively young democracy, it is best to continue the process of experimenting until the nation is firmly grounded in its constitutional process after which perhaps the necessary changes to hold former presidents can be held accountable for the acts can be effected.
Mr. Baffour also added that considering Ghana’s young democracy which is still learning and adapting, if such a revision is successfully undertaken, it can open the door for “several hundreds of thousands of indictments against him” which will not be to the benefit of the democratic process although legal. It can also cast a shadow of doubt on one’s ability to govern effectively.
Story by: Emmanuel Quartey|universnewsroom.com