Rojo Mettle-Nunoo, the third witness for the petitioner, former President John Mahama, in the ongoing election petition is giving his testimony via video conferencing application Zoom at the Supreme Court.
This is as a result of a reported ill-health thereby compelling him to give testimony during cross-examination.
He will be cross-examined by the lawyers for the Electoral Commission (first respondent) and the president (Second respondent).
Throughout the trial, this is the first time a witness is giving testimony via live video.
In Rojo’s 32-paragraph witness statement filed on Thursday, February 4, 2021 he explained that “Mrs Jean Mensa informed me that there had been a meeting held earlier in the day between the Petitioner and the Peace Council, something I was unaware of at the time. After I further drew her attention to some of the issues that were coming up in the interactions in the strong room, she said very directly that we should go and speak with the Petitioner. Having regard to her earlier reference to the meeting between the Peace Council and the Petitioner, which she had obviously been briefed about, I took seriously what she said. I do not think we, who were acting as agents of the Petitioner, should be seen as taking positions which many be contrary to what the Petitioner himself and had conveyed in a meeting that I was unaware of with a body such as the Peace Council which, I know has an important role in resolving disputes in connection with elections and calming tensions in the country. She indicated her own willingness to meet with the Petitioner.”
Lead counsel for the second respondent, Akoto Ampaw, requested that a judicial officer be assigned to the witness to ensure that due processes are followed.
Responding to the request, lead counsel for the petitioner, Tsatsu Tsikata, explained that request was not an issue and that the judicial officer will take not more that 25 minutes to reach the witness’ venue.
The judicial officer will be with the witness together with a medical officer.
Source: Modern Ghana