Stop adding ‘honourable’ to your names – Chief Justice blasts MPs

Chief Justice, Sophia Akufo

Chief Justice, Sophia Akufo, argues that it is improper for members of parliament to use the title “honourable” when writing official letters.

Sophia Akufo’s comments follow a suit filed by two legislators from the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) against the appointment of Otiko Djaba as the minister.

The MPs – Ernest Norgbey; Ashaiman Constituency and Kwabena Mintah Akandoh; Juaboso Constituency – in their writs to the chief justice included the title “honourable” to the beginning of their names.

It was when the case was called that Justice Akuffo expressed grave reservations over the use of the title by the MPs.

Described the act as improper, Justice Akuffo argued that MPs were not supposed to add such titles to their names.

“The people who developed the tradition don’t do this,” she fumed. According to the Chief Justice, the right thing do to was to write their names first before adding “Honourable Member of Parliament and the area to it”.

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