ALHAJI WALA AND ANOR
V.
MOHAMMED WAZIRI AND ORS

(2014) JELR 107616 (HC)    
High Court  ·  SUIT NO. BMISC 748/2013 ·  29 May 2014 ·  Ghana
CORAM
JUSTICE MRS. PATIENCE MILLS TETTEH J
Core Terms Beta
defendant
1st plaintiff
2nd plaintiff
plaintiff
1st defendant
kwashieman stool
leadership position
sariki zongo chief
statement of defence
title nii a lang
1st plaintiff’s father
sempe stool
honorary chieftaincy title
majority of the muslim community
stool name nii a lang
supreme court
1st plaintiff claims
amended statement of claim
case of the plaintiffs
democratic principles
elected leader
electoral process
exhibit 1j
facts of the case
father’s contribution
first defendant
high court exparte abubakari 2000scglr
lack of free elections
lang zongo muslim community leader
late alhaji adamu wala
meeting of the elders
members of the a lang zongo community
mrs. bamford-addo jsc
name alhaji adamu wala
permission of the kwashieman
reality of the rule of law
recommendation of the second plaintiff
single person
traditional leader
virtue of the stools ownership of the land

JUDGEMENT

On 25th January 2011 the capital city of a hitherto quiet country was described as  “a war zone”. Cairo the capital of Egypt saw frequent violent clashes. Protestors  began what became known as the Arab spring. These demonstrations started in Tunisia, and caught up with Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Jordan, Syria, and Libya. The  revolution in Egypt was characterized by demonstrations, marches, strikes and  riots in which million protestors demanded overthrow of Egyptian President  Mubarak in his 30th year of reign. It was obvious that this uprising in Egypt was in  response to lack of free elections and freedom of speech among others. The citizens of all these countries prayed for a voice in management of their resources and in their electoral process. Two lessons are to be learnt from these revolutionists: 

1. No group of people could be denied their freedom of speech and of  elections. 

2. Politics is intertwined with religious beliefs. 

Judges have a stake in upholding freedom of…

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