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“I Am Shocked And Surprised By Comments Made by Betty Mould Iddrisu”

March 17, 2010

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.


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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

Betty Lies As NDC Cries For Blood

The 2008 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has responded to the vicious lies being peddled against him by Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Betty Mould Iddrisu, who appears to be clutching for a lifeline to secure her position.

Betty had alleged on a Radio Gold programme yesterday that Nana Addo played an instrumental role in her decision to resign from the office of the Attorney-General since she was too prominent a member of the NDC, indicating that, “what happened was unpardonable”, causing unimaginable pain to her and her family.

But hours after making the allegations, the office of Nana Addo issued a statement describing Betty’s claims as not only vicious but convenient lies. While Nana Addo empathized with her predicament, whereby influential persons within the NDC are baying for her blood because of her alleged sluggishness in bringing former NPP government officials to trial, he stressed the belief that “there are more responsible ways of handling the pressure than resorting to unnecessary fabrications”.

Far from hounding her out of office, the statement noted that Betty continued to act as Head of the International Law Division during the entire two-year period of Nana’s tenure as Attorney-General.

Nana Akufo-Addo actually left the current Attorney-General behind at the Attorney-General’s Office when in March 2003 he took up his new responsibilities as Foreign Minister. “Thus, he worked closely with Mrs. Mould Iddrisu and all the other heads of department he came to meet at the Ministry, and she was still at post when he left the Attorney-General’s Office for the Foreign Ministry two years later,” the statement said.

It indicated that even after Nana Addo had left the A-G’s Department, he graciously accepted Betty’s request for a reference letter to support her application for an international job, emphasizing that, “he gave her a glowing reference because he was satisfied with her competence and fitness for the job”.

The statement noted: “she approached Nana Akufo-Addo for a reference in his capacity as her former boss and as Foreign Minister of the Republic, and did not indeed indicate at the time that her subsequent voluntary departure would cause pain to her and her family.
“Apart from giving her an excellent written reference, Nana Akufo-Addo personally lobbied the then Commonwealth Secretary General, Don Mckinnon, on her behalf, as he would have done for any other competent Ghanaian seeking an international position.

When Nana Akufo-Addo was appointed by the then President Kufuor as Attorney-General in 2001, Mrs Mould Iddrisu, then head of the International Law Division, was among the staff he met at the Office of the Attorney General.

Though it was common knowledge that Mrs. Mould Iddrisu was the wife of the former Defence Minister in the previous NDC administration, Alhaji Mahama Iddrisu, Nana Addo resisted calls from certain quarters for him to reassign her to another portfolio within the civil service and even defended his decision to maintain her at post on the ground that he had no reason to believe that her political affiliation was affecting either her professional judgment or her competence.

“Indeed, Mrs. Mould Iddrisu was given additional duties in charge of the de-confiscation of assets,” it added. Unlike the culture of partisan cleansing that competent Ghanaians in the public service have experienced under the current Mills Administration, the statement, “Nana Akufo-Addo stood firm to his principles that insofar as the Constitution of the Republic gave every Ghanaian the right to join a political party of their choice, he was not going to relieve any officer serving under him of their position solely on the basis of their political party membership, affiliation or sympathies”.

This, he said, was because the only relevant consideration was their competence and professionalism and so long as they did not allow their political sympathies to affect their competence, professionalism and judgment, he would work with them.

For this reason, he worked closely with Mrs. Mould Iddrisu and all the other heads of department he came to meet at the Ministry. The statement therefore revealed that Nana could not fathom why Betty told the malicious lies.

Source: Daily Guide/Ghana

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