Abraham Amaliba, Director of Legal Affairs for Ghana’s National Democratic Congress (NDC), continues to assert that the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) demonstrates favoritism towards the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) while discriminating against the NDC. This perception has arisen because the GBA has been criticized for its alleged silence on certain issues during the NPP administration, in contrast to its vocal stance during the tenures of John Evans Atta Mills and John Mahama.
In response to these accusations, Yaw Acheampong Boafo, the President of the Ghana Bar Association, defended the GBA’s impartiality. He stressed that Ghana’s legal system operates independently and without bias. Mr. Boafo emphasized the GBA’s commitment to upholding principles of justice and fairness for all political parties and individuals, including the NDC.
However, during the closing ceremony of the 3rd Annual Lawyers Conference of the NDC, Abraham Amaliba criticized the GBA for neglecting marginalized segments of Ghanaian society, suggesting that the association has become ineffectual. He called upon the GBA to be more protective of the voiceless and marginalized and criticized it for allegedly favoring NPP lawyers over NDC lawyers.
Amaliba underscored the importance of lawyers advocating for the vulnerable in society, particularly in cases like the military intervention in Ashaiman. He urged NDC lawyers to step up and become champions for those without a voice, emphasizing that the legal community should make statements in support of such marginalized groups.