The Minister of Communication, Mrs Ursula Owsus-Ekuful, has denied media reports that she described critics of the Akufo-Addo government as “witches” for saying they do not see the achievements of the President.
A statement dated Wednesday, 23 October 2019, from the Communication Department of the Minister of Communication, said the story, first published on Monday, 21 October 2019, was “false” and the headline “misleading”.
“The Member of Parliament never called anyone a witch for complaining”, the statement noted, explaining: “She merely touted the NPP government’s achievements as remarkable and tangible and asserted that only blind propagandists would feign ignorance of these visible achievements which were obvious and had touched every home in this country”.
The statement continued: “The Member of Parliament urged the youth to boldly respond to propagandists with the truth and to itemise the strides made by the NPP government in the past two-and-a-half years, just as the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia recently did during the NABCo anniversary celebrations”.
“She never instructed the youth to shut complainants down as the news article purportedly suggested”, the statement added.
“We take serious exception to this false story which has received wide circulation, readership, and subsequent publication from other media houses and demand a retraction and apology.
“The office also urges the public to disregard these false media reports and treat them with the contempt they deserve. Mrs Owusu-Ekuful respects the right of all Ghanaians to have their own opinion about any issue though she may not agree with it. She will continuously proclaim the envious achievements of the NPP government to all and not relent in defusing the false reportage and vile propaganda put out by others. Truth is the only antidote for lies and propaganda”, the statement added.