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Muntaka wants Dame removed from office over refusal to admit 499 law students

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Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka,

The Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka, has filed a motion asking the Speaker of Parliament to trigger the necessary processes for the House to pass a vote of censure against the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Dame.

This follows Godfred Dame’s refusal to facilitate the admission of some 499 students who were denied admission to the Ghana School of Law despite Parliament’s order.

The motion means that Muntaka is seeking the removal of the Attorney General from office for supposedly undermining or disrespecting Parliament.

Parliament had directed the General Legal Council, through the Attorney General, to admit the 499 candidates, but the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice had said the request is illegal.

It said Parliament cannot direct the GLC on processes for admission into the Ghana School of Law just by a resolution.

“Whilst recognizing the general legislative powers of Parliament in Ghana, except as has been circumscribed by the Constitution, I am constrained to advise that Parliament is devoid of power through the use of Parliamentary resolutions, to control the process of admission into the Ghana School of Law”, a statement from the AG’s office mentioned.

The response from the office from the AG has not sat well with the Minority Chief Whip, who has called on the Speaker of Parliament to take swift action.

“That this Honorable House passes a vote of censure on the Honourable Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame, in respect of the following conduct: Refusal, without justifiable basis, to implement the resolution of this Honorable House unanimously passed on October 29, that the General Legal Council admits into the Ghana School of Law 499 students who sat for and passed the entrance examination of the Ghana School of Law for the 2021/22 legal year In accordance with its own published grounds rules, impugning the image and integrity of this Honorable House through statements unbecoming of the holder of the office of Attorney General and Minister of Justice of this Republic”, the memorandum read.

Mr. Dame recently came under public criticism after he emphatically stated that practicing law is a privilege and not a right.

He said this during the induction ceremony of new executives of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) earlier this week.

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