General News of Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Two Justices of the Supreme Court have assured parties in the case challenging the construction of the National Cathedral that the court is eager to deal with the matter expeditiously.
This follows a directive by presiding judge, Julius Ansah, to the lawyers involved in the case to submit their memoranda of issues.
The Deputy Attorney-General, Godfred Dame, reminded the court of a pending injunction application against the construction of the Cathedral, but Justices Julius Ansah and Sophia Adinyira said they want to deal with the substantive.
They argue that once that is filed and there is no opposition from any of the interested parties, the court will proceed to fix a date for the judgement.
It is expected that the judgement will address the issue of an injunction placed on building the National Cathedral.
James Kwabena Bomfeh, a member of the Convention People’s Party (CPP) in March 2017 dragged the Attorney-General to the apex court challenging government’s involvement in the building of the edifice.
He is seeking a declaration that the decision by government to purposely endorse, assist, aid, partly sponsor, and/or support the construction of a National Cathedral is unconstitutional.
According to him, for a secular country to build a place for Christian interdenominational church services, amounts to an excessive entanglement of the republic and religion.
“The state must not seek to discriminate against any religion and must not seek to overly entangle itself in religious affairs.
“So long as we are supposed to respect the equality of all religions, I think attempts and engagements by governments in the past and present with respect to Islamic pilgrimages and building a national church are an affront to the constitution,” Mr. Bomfeh reiterated.
He said the decision by the two justices to expeditiously deal with the issue gives him a lot of comforts as they known the importance of the issue at hand.