SAMSON’S TAKE: A patriot's love for the Supreme Law

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Today, in honour of a most consistent inspiring and illuminating irritant of the republic’s love-hate patriot of a one man think-tank journalist of every documents interceptor, I share just a couple of his favourite verses of the Ghanaian Constitution. Yeah, I just got to know on Thursday, during the CDD’s 13th annual Kronti Ne Akwamu lectures that Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako and I have special love for same portions of the country’s Supreme Law. I read out the following with little or no commentary, and invite you to pay close attention for one may be just all you need to quicken the true Ghanaian spirit in you for service to God and Country:

Article 1 (1) - The Sovereignty of Ghana resides in the people of Ghana in whose name and for whose welfare the powers of government are to be exercised in the manner and within the limits laid down in this Constitution. So you see, the power is yours.

He enjoys what article 3 charges us to do when a person or persons who commit high treason and by violent or other unlawful means, suspend or overthrow or abrogate the Constitution or any part of it. Clause (4) All citizens of Ghana shall have the right and duty at all times - (a) to defend this Constitution, and in particular, to resist any person or group of persons seeking to commit any of the acts referred to in clause (3) of this article; and (b) to do all in their power to restore this Constitution after it has been suspended, overthrown, or abrogated. The beauty of this is that if you killed to resist an unlawful disruption of the constitutional order, you commit no crime. In fact, you will be rewarded by the state.

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Article 35 (1) - Ghana shall be a democratic state dedicated to the realization of freedom and justice; and accordingly, sovereignty resides in the people of Ghana from whom Government derives all its powers and authority through this Constitution. Again you see, the real power resides in you.

Article 15 (1) - The dignity of all persons shall be inviolable. (2) No person shall, whether or not he is arrested, restricted or detained, be subjected to - (a) torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; (b) any other condition that detracts or is likely to detract from his dignity and worth as a human being. Please do always insist on this your God-given birth right to be treated with dignity. 

Article 41 - The exercise and enjoyment of rights and freedoms is inseparable from the performance of duties and obligations, and accordingly, it shall be the duty of every citizen - (f) to protect and preserve public property and expose and combat misuse and waste of public funds and property. Kwaku says thumbs up to the new movement of intellectual citizen activism as demonstrated by OccupyGhana, CitizenGhana et al who go to court to compel the state to do right by the citizens. 

Article 162 (5) - All agencies of the mass media shall, at all times, be free to uphold the principles, provisions and objectives of this Constitution, and shall uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people of Ghana. The job of journalism is an enormous task.

Article 296 - Where in this Constitution or in any other law discretionary power is vested in any person or authority - (a) that discretionary power shall be deemed to imply a duty to be fair and candid; (b) the exercise of the discretionary power shall not be arbitrary, capricious or biased whether by resentment, prejudice or personal dislike and shall be in accordance with due process of law.

There you have it - only aspects 6 of the 299 articles.

Yesterday was your special day - Happy Birthday Abdul Malik Kwaku Baako.

Samson Lardy ANYENINI

 

8th July, 2017