General News Mon, 1 Jul 2013

Don’t sanction Ken Kuranchie and co - AFAG

Pressure group, Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has asked the nine Justices hearing the ongoing election petition not to sanction Ken Kuranchie and the other two communicators of the governing National Democratic Congress who have been summoned for allegedly sounding contemptuous.

Starting with a Deputy Communications Director of the NPP, Sammy Awuku, the Justice Atuguba led Bench has summoned Managing Editor of the Daily Searchlight Newspaper, Ken Kuranchie, Kweku Boahen and Stephen Atubiga both of the governing National Democratic Congress, to appear in Court on Tuesday.

But AFAG’s President, Dr. Nana Afriyie in an interview with Citi News, asked the Supreme Court Justices to halt what appears to be the habitual invitation of persons cited for making contemptuous comments.

He stated: “Putting fear in people is not solving the issue, never; it is only, and can be related to an act of obstructing peoples freedom of expression; two wrongs does not make a right.”


Dr. Afriyie insisted that the Supreme Court Justices should reconsider their decision on summoning people before them in order to fast track the substantive case, which he noted, has created tension in the country.

“People will have to know that these are the volatile moments in the history of this country and we must limit the way we communicate because we have only one Ghana and the country must remain intact irrespective of however the case goes; AFAG believes in that.”

Dr. Afriyie charged the National Peace Council to be proactive by engaging the relevant stakeholders in the election petition hearing to safeguard the nation’s peace and harmony.

“The process to which I think (we) can really solve this as a country has not been used; has the Peace Council that has been mediating before the elections been seen engaging stakeholders like the NPP, the NDC, the GJA and the Supreme Court Judges?”

Source: Abdul Karim Naatogmah/citifmonline