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Ambulance Saga: Save Your Image, Step Down Now – Ansa-Asare Tells Godfred Dame

Kwaku Ansa-Asare, a former Director General of the Ghana School of Law, has called for Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame to resign due to alleged misconduct in the ambulance purchase trial.

Kwaku Ansa-Asare, a former Director General of the Ghana School of Law, has called for the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, to resign over his alleged misconduct in the ongoing trial of Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader, in the ambulance purchase deal.

He thinks that Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame should resign on moral grounds to safeguard his reputation, which has been built over the years. This call comes after Richard Jakpa, the third accused in the ambulance purchase case, made allegations in court that Dame had approached him multiple times, seeking his help to falsely implicate Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has revealed that it will soon produce evidence to substantiate the allegations made by Richard Jakpa, the third accused in the ambulance purchase case, against Attorney General Godfred Yeboah Dame.

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In a media engagement on May 27, 2024, Ansa-Asare recalled Dame’s time as a student and expressed his long-standing respect for the Attorney General’s integrity, highlighting his concern over the recent allegations.

“My stake in the matter is that given the surrounding circumstances of this matter, there is every moral justification for the Attorney General to quit his job to save his hard-earned reputation. I respect him, he was one of our brightest students and from Day one, I have followed with a keen interest in his performance as an attorney general,” Mr. Ansa-Asare said.

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He further disclosed that he had invited the Attorney General (AG) and offered words of wisdom, advising him to avoid tarnishing his reputation by engaging in any questionable conduct in his new position.

“When he was appointed I recall inviting him and counselling him to make sure that he did not soil his hands. If you ask him, he will bear witness,” he stated.

Kwaku Ansa-Asare condemned the Attorney General’s management of the plea bargaining process, emphasizing that such discussions should take place in the privacy of the Attorney General’s chambers or the trial judge’s chambers, rather than at the Ministry, which he deemed an inappropriate venue.

Kwaku Ansa-Asare argued that any inquiry would be ineffective and unlikely to lead to a positive conclusion. He maintained that Godfred Dame should face legal action in court, where he can defend himself against allegations before a ‘neutral judge’, rather than being investigated through a potentially biased commission of inquiry, influenced by political considerations.

“Nothing good can come out of any enquiry whether we label it parliamentary or judicial or executive enquire, let him face the law in the law court. That is why he as the attorney general with statutory responsibility with constitutional responsibility to superintend the rule of law, must be the first to go and face it. let him tell his story in an ordinary court before an impartial justice and exonerate himself,” he said.

Kwaku Ansa-Asare emphasizes that as the Attorney General, Godfred Dame should be aware that plea bargaining can only be conducted in a specific setting, namely in the chambers of the Attorney General or the trial judge, and not at the ministry.

“As an attorney general who is in charge of the processes and the criminal justice system, he ought to know that plea bargaining can only take place under his auspices in his chambers not at the ministry but the chambers of the Attorney General or the chambers of the trial judge,” he said.

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