Tsatsu Tsikata
Tsatsu Tsikata

Predictably, on day five of his cross-examination of the Vice-Presidential Candidate of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), the lawyer representing the Third Respondent, or the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), was reported to have uncouthly shouted down Mr. Philip Addison, lead-counsel for the petitioners challenging the integrity of Ghana’s Election 2012, and the presidential legitimacy of Mr. John Dramani Mahama (See “Shut Up! – Tsatsu Yells At Akufo-Addo Lawyer” Radioxyzonline/Ghanaweb?5/6/13). So far, this is a surely good sign of the NPP petitioners’ being substantially ahead of their political opponents, thus the gross exhibition of infantile tantrums by the Oxbridge-educated thief.

Anyway, we are also told that Mr. Tsikata’s conniption was provoked by Mr. Addison’s strategic interruption of the kleptocratic cross-examiner on a crucial point of order, regarding Mr. Tsikata’s unorthodox line of questioning vis-a-vis the identity of witnesses present when the Commissioner of Oaths was deposing the petitioners of their affidavit.

This bizarre aspect of Mr. Tsikata’s line of questioning appears to be what most Ghanaian reporters on the scene shockingly and glaringly missed. It was also the most dangerous aspect of the otherwise altogether ineffectual fishing expedition by the former widely rumored chief-architect of the death-squads that were Mr. Rawlings’ so-called People’s Courts, which summarily dispatched tens of Ghanaians to their premature deaths during most of the 1980s.

That line of questioning was extremely dangerous and ought not to have been allowed by the Atuguba-led panel of Supreme Court jurists, because Mr. Tsikata, having woefully failed in denting the forensically substantive evidence damning the Mahama presidency and mangling the professional integrity of ?Dr. Kwadwo Afari-Gyan, the Electoral Commissioner, was apparently left with no other alternative but to flagrantly seek out the identities of the most vulnerable supporters of the primary petitioners, with the obvious intention of intimidating them, with the highly unlikely chance of getting some of them to turn against Messrs. Akufo-Addo, Bawumia and Obetsebi-Lamptey.

If the Atuguba Court had, indeed, rather ill-advisedly allowed the identities of the primary petitioners’ support-witnesses to have been revealed to the open court, then, needless to say, the court has a bounden obligation of ensuring the protection of these wrongfully exposed witnesses by state security agents.

Alas, knowing what I know about the palpably volatile and politically tendentious orientation of our national security apparatus, I would rather have counsel for the primary petitioners appeal to either the British High Commissioner or the American Ambassador for the requisite protective measures for the petitioners’ witnesses, if the integrity of the forensic evidence so far presented by Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and his co-petitioners is not to be criminally corrupted by the mortally embattled Mahama government.

I would also be disturbed, if all that the Atuguba Court was capable of doing was simply to belatedly get Mr. Tsikata to retract his “Shut-Up!” snarl. The NDC counsel ought to have been ordered to expressly apologize to Mr. Addison, as well as being reminded of the fact of the effective demise of the bloody and terror-charged era of the so-called Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) government.

What clearly appears to be left of the NPP petition hearing presently, is for the Court to promptly stanch its apparent unsavory overindulgence of Mr. Tsikata, a criminal convict who ought not to have been allowed to appear before the Supreme Court, to begin with, let alone be permitted to argue such a landmark case before the same.

At any rate, dragging out the Akufo-Addo petition beyond forensic substantiality would only make matters worse for the Mahama government, which has been aptly described as decidedly comatose in suspended animation, and eagerly awaiting euthanasia.

*Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D.

Department of English

Nassau Community College of SUNY

Garden City, New York

May 6, 2013

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