Abraham Amaliba, the Director of Legal Affairs of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has insisted that the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) discriminates against the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and favours the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
A section of the public has suggested that the GBA has gone silent and failed to comment on some happenings under the NPP administration, despite being vocal during the erstwhile John Evans Atta Mills and John Mahama administrations.
The President of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA), Yaw Acheampong Boafo, emphasized during a discussion on the Citi Breakfast Show on Monday, August 7, that the legal system in Ghana operates independently and without bias.
Lawyer Abraham Amaliba
Mr. Boafo stated that the GBA is committed to upholding the principles of justice and fairness for all political parties and individuals, including the NDC.
“No one can tell me that the Bar has treated the NDC under President Mills or Mahama worse than under the current president,” Mr. Acheampong Boafo stated.
But addressing the closing ceremony of the 3rd Annual Lawyers Conference of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Saturday, September 2, Amaliba criticized the Bar for neglecting the downtrodden in Ghanaian society, stressing that the association is now a “toothless bulldog”.
“We need the Bar, to be protective of the voiceless, the marginalised and the downtrodden, Ghana Bar has abandoned all of these. The Bar, in my view, has become a toothless bulldog. The President of the Bar [Yaw Acheampong Boafo] said the last time that they don’t discriminate against NDC lawyers, but I think that they discriminate in favour of NPP lawyers,” Amaliba pointed out.
He emphasized the importance of lawyers reaching out to the vulnerable in society, citing the invasion of the military in Ashaiman.
He called on NDC lawyers to step up by becoming voices for the voiceless.
“The next step is to begin to make statements in support of these people in society. For instance, the brutalization at Ashaiman, the legal team should have filled the void in those areas and I think that is the next step we should all look at,” he urged.