By Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
A former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Justice Emile Francis Short, has finally come up with a book entitled, “In the Eyes of the Storm.”
According to him, the purpose for which he sat down to write about himself, especially at age 70 was not for an attractive proposition but for the benefit of the youth and public officers.
Speaking in an interview with Thelma Tackie on GTV’s Breakfast Show on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, the first Commissioner of CHRAJ explained further that his main object in writing the book is to inspire public officials to discharge their functions “without fear or favour, ill will, or affection”.
He insisted that the book also seeks to encourage the Ghanaian youth to pursue hard work and do the right thing at all times.
Justice Emile Short hopes that his book will discourage the youth from engaging in unethical practices like 419, Sakawa, Satanism, or occult practices to get rich quickly.
“Honesty does pay in the long run. The idea of sitting down to write about myself, especially at age 70, was not an attractive proposition. However, I received encouragement from a number of persons who impressed upon me the need to describe how I navigated the journey as Ghana’s first Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice and the challenges I encountered. My faith in Christ and how it has shaped my career are well articulated in the book,” he reiterated.
“In the eyes of the storm” recounts the upbringing of an astute lawyer and a public servant, as well as narrating the role his father played in inculcating in him the values of honesty, integrity, and hard work.
The book also describes Justice Emile Short’s life from secondary school through University and the twists and turns of my career.