Veteran journalist, Kweku Baako Jnr believes Appeal Court judge, Justice Clemence Jackson Honyenuga, injured his own integrity when he publicly endorsed President Akufo-Addo for another term in office
According to Mr. Baako, what the judge did was nothing short of “unwarranted sycophancy”.
Justice Honyenuga is among three persons who have been nominated by the President to be considered for appointment to the Supreme Court.
“If I were to advise the president; if I had the opportunity I will say, Sir drop him,” Mr. Baako stressed.
Justice Clemence Honyenuga, who doubles as the Paramount Chief of Nyagbo Traditional Area with the stool name Torgbui Ashui Nyagasi V, endorsed the president at a durbar in late February 2020.
“It is our hope that with your vision and special gains you have made in the economy in your first term, Ghanaians may consider giving you another four years,” he said.
Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Morning Ghana on Thursday, Kwaku Baako suggested that Justice Honyenuga failed on both scores as a judge and a chief with his comments.
“To be honest with you, I had a serious issue with the way the judge/chief, he is a hybrid, went about it. What he did was totally against the code of ethics for judges and magistrates,” Mr. Baako who is the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide said.
Aside going against ethics of his profession as a judge, his pronouncements go against constitutional injunction relative to chiefs and what they do in politics, he explained.
“It was completely wrong, it was needless, indiscreet and I am being charitable, choosing my words carefully”, he said.
As a chief, Mr Baako who has a soft spot for the sitting president said, you can praise an administration, the president, or the minister for bringing development projects to your community and even ask for more.
“But the very moment you go beyond that framework and endorse a candidate, whether a sitting president or a former president or a parliamentary candidate, you are wrong, completely wrong,” he stressed.
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