When reports were rife that Prof. Henrietta Mensa – Bonsu was given the job of EC Boss, she recounts it was a difficult position to find herself since she had not been contacted, but rumors spread in the other direction.
Supreme court nominee, Prof. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu has revealed that she was never offered the job of being an EC Boss as speculated widely by sections of the media.
She recounts that in 2018, when Charlotte Kesson-Smith Osei was withdrawn, she was never offered the position of the EC Boss at that time.
However, it happened that not only was the then chairperson axed, but she was accompanied by her two deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwaa.
According to the constitution, pursuant to Article 146 (1), an officer was supposed to be competent and well behaved. However, the trio were found culpable behaving contrary to the regulation and were subsequently axed.
Interestingly, after they were sent home, reports and rumors were rife that Prof. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu was offered that job as the EC Boss.
Furthermore, owing to more speculations about the reports, it was alleged that she rejected the position as EC Boss, when she the current ruling government tried to assuage her into accepting the position.
The Removal and involvement of Prof. Henrietta as EC boss.
After their removal, there were reports that Prof. Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu declined to take up the position as EC Boss when she was approached by the government.
She was unequivocal and quick to dismiss these claims when asked about that during the vetting.
“That was a very difficult time for me. Nobody had approached me and yet I kept seeing headlines. Somebody even had a headline explaining why I turned it down. It was a very difficult time for me and people were calling on me to hold a press conference to deny it,” she denied.
She therefore went on to add that her pedigree and track record wouldn’t have allowed her to accept since the position below her.
“The Electoral Commissioner position is at the level of a Court of Appeal and I believe with my track record, I ought to move and aspire higher,” she espoused.
So far the vetting of the Supreme court judge nominees has gone well, except that of Justice Honyenuga, who had the minority grilling him over an alleged endorsement of President Akufo Addo.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI