Politicians Only Value Constitutional Reforms When In Opposition – Former UN Adviser Replies Mahama

Prof Baffour Agyemang Duah
Prof Baffour Agyemang Duah

A former UN governance expert and adviser, Prof. Baffour Agyemang-Duah has blamed politicians for not valuing constitutional reforms when in power.

His statement was a reply to Former President Mahama’s call for judicial reform and his request for unbiased discharge of duty on the part of judges.

In an interview on JoyNews on Monday, March 28, 2022, Professor Agyeman- Duah said, politicians are always content with judicial and constitutional systems when in power but only see the need to review it immediately when they are out of power.

“Politicians don’t want to touch the constitution. When They are not in office they see the need for reforms and review. but when they are in power they find it useful, so that kind of contradiction in it form is not what we need.

He again said, though Mahama’s statement is on point but to him Judicial reforms can not be done without reforming the constitution because almost all the structures of government needs to be reformed which is the reason they need to react to it when in power.

“ The formal president’s comment is point on in a sense that if released to this general demand of judicial review, you can not touch the judiciary without touching the constitution. So if you are not satisfied with the judiciary then it means that you have to find a way to revised the constitution.

He continued, “And is not only the judiciary but The Whole structure of governance, executive, the legislature. Look at what is going on there, all these are issues that we need to address and that is why when people dismiss the idea of constitutional reforms it hurt me because we all know that things are not going on well in the country.” Said Professor Baffour Agyeman-Duah, Former UN adviser.

By: Isaac Donkor

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