General News of Saturday, 11 March 2017
James Kwabena Bomfeh, a member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), has filed a writ at the Supreme Court challenging government’s decision to build a national cathedral.
In the writ, dated March 10, Mr Bomfeh, also known as Kabila, indicated he was seeking “a declaration that the decision of the Government of Ghana to purposely endorse, assist, aid, partly sponsor, and/or support the construction of a National Cathedral near the State House of Ghana, for Christian interdenominational church services amounts to an excessive entanglement of the Republic of Ghana and religion and therefore unconstitutional”.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cut the sod for the construction of the chapel to mark the 60th Anniversary of the country.
The President cut the sod on the morning of the 60th Independence Day at the National Scholarship Secretariat in Accra but Mr Bomfeh does not believe it is the place of government to undertake such projects.
For him, government has no business to meddle in religious affairs in such manner and also wants the Hajj Board, constituted by government, to be declared illegal.
He has, therefore, sought “a declaration that the setting up of a Hajj Board by the Government of the Republic of Ghana for the purpose of coordinating, supporting and/or aiding Ghanaian Muslims to embark on a religious pilgrimage to Mecca…” is unconstitutional.