The vetting of Justice Anin Yeboah, Ghana’s Chief Justice nominee, has been rescheduled to Monday, December 23, 2019, a statement from the nation’s Parliament has announced.
The nominee was initially to be vetted on Saturday, December 21, 2019 — a decision which was fiercely shot down by the Minority lawmakers who are largely members of the biggest opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
It thus said it would not be part of the process on the said date.
“The refusal of the Minority in Parliament to participate in the scheduled vetting of President’s nominee has nothing to do with the person of the nominee. The Minority is refusing to depart from the usual practice of Parliament in giving the public a two week period to submit memoranda on nominees before they are vetted,” it said.
Regardless of the notice, the Chairman of Parliament’s Appointments Committee (PAC), Joe Osei Owusu, said the Committee will proceed to vet the Chief Justice nominee once the committee forms a quorum.
Who is Justice Annin Yeboah
Justice Anin Yeboah is currently the fourth longest-serving Justice of the Supreme Court.
A graduate of the Ghana School of Law in 1981, he was appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Agyekum Kufuor in June 2008.
Prior to that, he had served as a Justice of the High Court from 2002 to 2003 and a Justice of the Court of Appeal from 2003 to 2008.
Apart from being a Supreme Court Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah is also a part-time lecturer in Civil Procedure and the Ghana Legal System at the Ghana School of Law. Justice Anin Yeboah’s name is also associated with football.
In May 2017, he was appointed the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA).
He also served as the Chairman of the Appeal’s Committee of the Ghana Football Association from 2004 to 2008.