Western Region Minister and Aide did not cause arrest of “Insulting NDC duo” – Constituency Secretary

Secretary to the New Patriotic Party, Sefwi Wiawso Constituency and an Aide to the Western Region Minister, Benjamin Oppong has urged his constituents and Ghanaians to disregard media reportage that the Member of Parliament for the area, Dr Kwaku Afriyie and himself instigated the arrest of two NDC members. In a press release signed by Mr Oppong, the reportage wrongfully created the impression of an abuse pf power by the Honourable Minister, Dr Kwaku Afriyie.

He adds that the publication on the media is only a masterminded act by the NDC to excite public anger and dishonesty against the Minister and the NPP in the constituency.

Benjamin Oppong stressed that those reportage on local media are mere propaganda by the NDC that is meant to score some political points after their defeat in the 2016 general elections.

Hon. Dr Kweku Afriyie whose name has been dragged as being behind this police invitation only exposes the wicked lies of the NDC because, his outfit has not lodged any complaint to the police. Moreover, same people who accused the personal aid of the Honorable are the same people putting out such a claim against the honorable member who knows nothing with regards to this pending investigation. Seriously we have known the NDC as a party that thrives on lies as it was evidenced in their ” comfortable lead” mantra during the 2016 general election when it was indeed clear that, they were losing the election but decided to peddle falsehood that sought to suggest that, they were winning”

“How can someone whose conduct has not been brought into the matter pending investigation be the one behind such criminal investigation concerning people who made contemptuous remarks against the president of the Republic of Ghana? This is a clear case of hatred which ought to be thrown into the dustbin”, he interrogated.

It was reported last week that two members of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are being interrogated by the Police in Sefwi Wiawso in the Western Region for allegedly insulting the President H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.

One of the duo, a Deputy Constituency Organiser, Thomas Mintah allegedly stated that “His Excellency the President has awarding contracts to his ex-girlfriend” on a live political debate on radio, Liberty Fm a local radio station in the constituency. It couldn’t take the Host for the programme to persuade Mr Mintah to retract his pronouncement.

The Police upon receiving information of pronouncements on radio, invited the duo to the station for interrogation.

 

Below is the Statement

 

RE: “POLICE IN SEFWI WIAWSO INVESTIGATE TWO NDC MEMBERS FOR INSULTING AKUFO ADDO”

The New Patriotic party in Sefwi Wiawso wishes to add its voice in respect of a press release sanctioned by the National Democratic Congress in the ongoing investigation of two members for peddling falsehood against the Persona of the first gentleman of the land, His Excellency the president of the Republic of Ghana.

The said piece which same has been reproduced on the online portal of peacfm linked the personal aid to the western Regional minister as the one who lodged the complaint to the Sefwi Wiawso Police for the police invitation of the two. Again the said piece sought to bring in the MP for Sefwi Wiawso as the brain behind the matter in issue which is before the criminal investigation Department of the Ghana police Service.

The reportage on peacefm which contains the sole explicit explanation of the two who are currently before the CID is a palpable falsehood seeking to court sympathy in the public gallery. The two are before the criminal investigation department for unsubstantiated defamatory and libelous remarks against the president of the Republic of Ghana. Thomas Mintah who was on the said show alleged that, His Excellency the president has giving contracts to his ex-girl friend. When the host of the show demanded evidence from him, he resisted with assurance that, at the right time, he will provide the said hard core evidence to back his claim. This however forced the host to issue a disclaimer distancing the corporate entity from the said obnoxious allegation.

A cursory and a fleeting perusal of Section 113 and 114 of the criminal offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) will tell you that, such conduct is a clear prohibition. For proper and better understanding of this legal education, the said provisions are going to be reproduced in the next paragraph.

“Section 113 of the criminal offence 1960(Act 29)—Cases in which a Person is Guilty of Libel.

A  person is guilty of libel,  who, by print, writing,  painting, effigy, or by any  means otherwise than  solely  by  gestures, spoken  words, or other grounds,  unlawfully publishes  any  defamatory matter  concerning another person,  either negligently or with  intent to defame that other  person.

Section 114—Definition of Defamatory Matter.

Matter is defamatory which imputes to a  person  any  crime, or misconduct  in  any public office or  which is likely to injure him in his occupation, calling  or office, or to expose him  to  general  hatred, contempt,  or ridicule. (2)  In this section  “crime”  means a felony or  misdemeanour and  also  any act, whosesoever  committed, which  if  committed by a person  within  the jurisdiction of the  Court, would be a  felony  or misdemeanour.”

The criminal investigation department which is an intelligence unit of the Ghana police service acted on their intelligence which is their mandate and for that matter, it will be a contempt of common sense for someone to suggest that, a complaint has been filed by someone whose issue was not brought with regards to the said malicious attack on the president.

One would have thought that, since Thomas Mintah on the show ostensibly insisted that, he will provide evidence when the time is due, police invitation will be an opportunity for him to adduce hard core evidence that will go a long way to implicate His Excellency the president. But what we have seen is a sharp lampoon and a shifting of the goal post for the purpose of mischief and the casting of needless aspersion. Hon. Dr Kweku Afriyie whose name has been dragged as being behind this police invitation only exposes the wicked lies of the NDC because, his outfit has not lodged any complaint to the police. Moreover, same people who accused the personal aid of the Honorable are the same people putting out such a claim against the honorable member who knows nothing with regards to this pending investigation. Seriously we have known the NDC as a party that thrives on lies as it was evidenced in their ” comfortable lead” mantra during the 2016 general election when it was indeed clear that, they were losing the election but decided to peddle falsehood that sought to suggest that, they were winning. The public should disregard such a blatant falsehood by the NDC because, the news headline as reported by starfmonline did not bring in MP for Sefwi Wiawso constituency as the one who was put on the altar of ASSAULT by the two gentlemen. Their allegation against the western Regional minister is only intended to incite him against the public. How can someone whose conduct has not been brought into the matter pending investigation be the one behind such criminal investigation concerning people who made contemptuous remarks against the president of the Republic of Ghana? This is a clear case of hatred which ought to be thrown into the dustbin.

Also in the said starfm misleading reportage, Thomas Mintah who said the NDC is exposing rot within the confines of the Hon MP failed to disclose the said rot but decided to link the purported rot he said the NDC is exposing to his invitation by the police. Clearly, the disjointed and drunken-like falsity is enough for every reasonable mind to treat their claims with the necessary disdain it deserves.

Let us respect our laws and allow institutions to work out their constitutional obligations.

 

Benjamin Oppong

Sefwi Wiawso Constituency Secretary

 

 

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