A Ghanaian, named Mr Jonathan Holm has prayed the Supreme Court for an order to commit the President, represented by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, for Contempt of Court.
According to popular online news website, Ghanabusinessnews.com, The suit also enjoined the Lands Commission as Defendant/Respondent. The Plaintiff/Applicant represented by Mr Bright Akwetey indicated that the demolition of government bungalows on the site unlawfully earmarked for the construction of a National Cathedral was unlawful, while the suit relating to the construction of the Cathedral was pending before the Supreme Court.
The plaintiff indicated that the respondent has taken action that trends to bring the administration of justice into disrespect and had willfully acted in violation to the Presidential Oath of Office.
He said the respondent has also acted in disrespect to the authority of the Supreme Court and had willfully interfered with pending litigation in a manner likely to prejudice a fair hearing of the case.
“The respondent has also acted in violation of the Constitution and the laws of Ghana,” he added.
The plaintiff through his lawyer on November 22, 2018 filed a writ to invoke the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in respect of the suit claiming the reliefs endorsed on the writ.
Mr Holm was seeking a declaration that the land designated by the President for the construction of the Cathedral was compulsorily acquired under Section 3 of the Public Lands Ordinance of 1876 (Cap. 134) from the Osu Stool by virtue of Certificate of Title dated November 29, 1910 for residential purposes for public officers and has been used for the public purpose for which it was acquired and therefore the user could not change to accommodate the Cathedral, which was not a public purpose or a project in the “public interest” within the meaning of Article 295 of the Constitution.