WR NDC Accuses NPP Of Using Power To Abuse Its Members

The Western Regional Executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has accused the NPP of using power to intimidate its members for criticising their abysmal performance on radio.

The party blamed the member of parliament for  Evalue Ajomoro Gwira and her husband over an attempt to use power to suppress the freedom of speech and to put fear in the members of the party in the constituency.
In a press statement issued by the Western Regional Communication Director, Richard Kirk Mensah, said on July 1, 2020, one of the known member of the party and a serial caller, Borzar Angate, who resides at Akono a suburb of Axim was invited by the police to assist them in investigations for allegedly making a derogatory comments about the MP of the area, Hon. Catherine Abelema Afeku.
It states that the police detained Mr. Angate and arraigned him before court in the following morning when he reported to the station.
The statement said, the husband of the MP reported the alleged comments to the police following the arrest of the accuser.
“Human Rights are rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled. Proponents of the concept usually assert that everyone is endowed with certain entitlements  merely by reason of being human”, the statement said.
The party expressed discomfort over how the case has been handled, describing it as unfair treatment meted out to the accused for keeping him in remand for over one week without bail.
The party in the statement therefore called on the Ghana Bar Association, Ghana Legal Council, Peace Council, Ghana Journalists Association and the entire public to rise and resist the grand scheme of the NPP to introduce the culture of silence to the people who share opposing views.
Read the statement below:
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS – WESTERN REGION COMMUNICATION SECRETARIAT Press release 09/07/2020

NPP fighting hard to suppress the freedom of speech through an abusive usage of political power.

On the 1st of July at 16:00GMT the Axim District-police invited comrade Borzar Angate through phone to the station to assist them in investigations. He was detained and marshalled to court the following morning and has been remanded in police custody since then.

Comrade BORZAR ANGATE a 25year old pupil teacher at St Augestinus primary school  and a resident of akono a suburb of axim. He is a known  member of the national Democrat congress in the Evalue  Ajomoro Gwira constituency.
According to the police charge sheet he called into a radio program and allegedly made certain allegations about the persona of the mp of Evalue Gwira constituency Hon Catherine Afeku.
The husband of the mp is on record to have reported the case to the police which the police followed with the arrest.
The party is in no way justifying the conduct of our comrade. However, we are not happy with how he has been treated.
Hon. Catherine Afeku is afraid to lose the December polls because she has failed woefully. Instead of her to humbly apologize to her constituents, she and her husband have resorted to intimidation and harassment of her political opponents.
Human rights are “rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled”. Proponents of the concept usually assert that everyone is endowed with certain entitlements merely by reason of being human.
At this time and age that we are celebrating almost 2 decades of the repeal of the criminal libel law  by  the parliament  of Ghana that she serves, how can one be incriminated for his comment on anyone?
We believe that our comrade BORZAR ANGATE has been unfairly treated by being remanded for over a week without bail. This constitutes abuse of his fundamental human rights and is in total disregard to the Repeal of the Criminal and Seditious Laws – Amendment Bill) Act 2001 of which the npp governments and President of republic his excellency Nana addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo add to their achievements.
This clandestine ploy to reintroduce the criminalization of speeches and comments does not only destroy our democratic credentials, but take the nation back by over 20yrs
We are calling on the Ghana bar association, General legal council, peace council, Ghana journalists association And peace loving Ghanaians to rise and have a say by resisting this grand scheme by the npp to introduce the culture of silence to people who share oppossing views.

*SIGNED*
*RICHARD KIRK-MENSAH*(Regional communication officer) 02448488910208255102

 

Source: Ghananest.com/Matthew O.A. Dadzie

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