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Sam Okudzeto to Face Parliament for Contempt?



There has been a call for former President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Sam Okudzeto, to be held for contempt of Parliament following his comment on the Private Members Bill filed by some two Parliamentarians for a reform to legal education in Ghana.

Speaking on Asaase Radio Sam Okudzeto threatened to deal with South Dayi’s Member of Parliament (MP) Nelson Kwami Etse Dafeamekpor and Madina’s Francis-Xavier Sosu with laid-down regulations over their calls for reform.

But in a write-up on Thursday, November 4, Dr Arthur Kennedy said: “Such language, respectfully, is contemptuous of Parliament.”

He said but for the waning powers of the legislature subtly engineered by the executive, powers to exercise oversight responsibility over professional, trade and business organisations lay in the bosom of MPs.

“Now, there is no living Ghanaian I hold in higher esteem than Sam Okudzeto – for his courage and determination in our valiant struggle to end the PNDC dictatorship,” he wrote.

“But he is dead wrong on this one.

“If Parliament cannot pass a law on education – any education, who can?” he wondered.

For him, what the General legal Council (GLC) ought to do is to give inputs as Parliament “seeks to reform a legal educational system and profession that no longer serve our needs”.

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