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17-Mar-2010  
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A former Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo, has denied claims by current Attorney General, Betty Mould Iddrisu, that she was hounded out of the Ministry of Justice by Nana Akuffo-Addo during his tenure as the Attorney General due to her affiliation with the NDC.

Madam Gloria Akuffo told Citi News that she was shocked and surprised by the comments made by the Attorney General stating that Betty Mould had a good working relationship with their administration and nobody hounded her out of the office as she claims.

According to her, Betty Mould stayed in office until Nana Addo was reshuffled from the Justice Ministry to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“If she was being hounded then it didn’t show… then she might have survived that hounding until Nana Addo left because I don’t believe that she was been hounded…so if indeed there was any hounding then I am a bit surprised, in fact shocked”

In an interview with Radio Gold’s sixty-minutes programme on Tuesday, March 16, Madam Betty Mould Iddrisu stated that the former Attorney General Nana Akuffo Addo pressured her to leave the Justice Ministry due to her strong affiliations with the then opposition NDC, a situation she said plunged she and her family into lots of difficulties.

However, Madam Gloria Akuffo, who served as Nana Addo’s deputy at the time said that assertion could not be true because Mrs Betty Mould Iddrisu and Nana Addo had a very good working relationship which even led to Nana Addo helping her secure a job at the commonwealth secretariat.

“If there was some bad relationship between them, then how could she turn to the same person who was hounding her out and who had put her through so much trouble and distress to give her the reference and intervene on her behalf to get the job which she in fact got?” She queried.

Betty Mould-iddrissu has come under intense pressure from foot soldiers and prominent Sympathizers of the NDC such as former Supreme Court Judge Justice Kpegah to start prosecuting former NPP government officials.

A stinging Editorial by Pro-NDC Ghanaian Lens Newspaper, suggested that the Attorney General was being reluctant to prosecute the NPP officials because she is a close friend to many of them.

Madam Gloria Akuffo told Citi News that such pressures are usually normal at the Justice Ministry.

According to her it was out of a similar pressure that she was instructed by Nana Addo to lead similar prosecutions in some cases.

"I have been there before, in fact it was under such similar pressure that Nana Addo had to instruct me to lead the prosecutions in some of these cases and uncharacteristically as a Deputy Attorney General who should be assisting the Minister in the office, almost on daily basis I found myself going to court and had been turned into a prosecutor. So it is not peculiar to her...I don't think that it (the pressure) is something that we have to endorse but I'm saying that if she is under going such things, that may account for the type of responses she is making." She said.

Meanwhile, the office of Nana Akuffo Addo has issued a statement denying Mrs Betty Mould's claims.
 
 
 
Source: Citifmonline/Ghana
 
 

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