The Attorney General has not exactly given a sterling account of herself to Ghanaians so far, but she needs to be on her best as two international disputes involving Ghana are brewing at the moment.
The most recent one involves Waterville, one of the companies at the centre of the Woyome scandal. Ordered to pay back the state Ghc25m wrongfully paid to them, Waterville Holdings is seeking the International Court of Arbitration to overturn the ruling.
The suit has been confirmed by the Attorney General’s office, and it is up to them now to build a suitable defence to uphold the ruling requiring paying back the money.
The other case, that has been brewing for a while and has officially opened today. That involves Cote d’Ivoire’s claim to some of Ghana’s offshore boundaries, and is being contested at the international Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).
The case involves claims that we’ve encroached on their maritime borders. The dispute involves oil exploration and exploitation sites, and the opening motions are for those activities to be temporarily halted whilst the court hears the case.
This has implications for the oil sector, particularly investors who might not be willing to wait around whilst a legal tussle goes on- especially since it is possible this might drag on for too long.
Legal luminaries have noted Ghana has a strong case, but as always it depends on how our lawyers make the case; and so far they’ve given us zero reason to have confidence in their ability.
Considering they lose low profile civil cases willy-nilly Ghanaians should be very worried about our prospects in either of these cases.