People with Convention of Principles (POWCOP), a pressure group, have appealed to the judiciary to consider introducing ‘traditional curse’ in the courts to help find lasting solutions in the adjudication of cases at courts.
The group alleged that the current judicial system where the cross, Bible and Quran are given either to a complainant or a defendant to swear by before speaking in court had given opportunity to these people to tell lies even though they know the case is not in their favour.
Addressing a press conference last Sunday at Breman Asikuma in the Central Region, the Public Relations Officer of the group, Mr Willie Franklin Sam, noted that falsehood, bribery, corruption and selective justice were on the increase in the country and that it was only the introduction of a ‘traditional curse’ in every sector of government that sanity would be brought into society.
According to him, though the group believes in the Almighty God they do not think that the lesser gods were created for nothing. He added that the only panacea was for parliament to pass a law that would pave way for the use of curses as a means to an end where cursing would be applied to prove an issue as right or wrong.
Citing an example, he said nobody thought that Ghana’s 2012 election results would be challenged in court and that the simplest method to unravel the whole truth about the claim by the New Patriotic Party was to subject the officials of the Electoral Commission and all major stakeholders in the elections to a curse that would put a stop to the long procedural delays of the case in court.
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Mr Franklin Sam called on Ghanaians to embrace the concept since as a lot of our traditional cultural practices can help expose saboteurs in the country. He stressed that it must be accepted by all, irrespective of one’s religious belief to help protect the country from falling apart.
In an address earlier, the founder and chairman of the group, Mr Seth Birikorang, noted that when the idea is adopted it would help to reduce corruption in government agencies, departments and among public office holders as well as protect the country’s resources for the rapid development of the country.
Story by Gilbert Mawuli Agbey