Politics of Monday, 11 February 2013
Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr, has expressed his surprise about the silence of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) over the derogatory comments uttered on the platform of ‘Let My Vote Count’; a pro NPP group.
Various offensive comments were said to have been made at a platform launch of the group ‘Let My Vote Count’. This led to the arrest of some of the leaders including a Deputy Communications Director of the NPP, Samuel Awuku.
Kwesi Pratt said looking at the graveness of the comments, the NPP should have come out to either distance themselves from it or condemn it out rightly.
“I am exceedingly shocked that the NPP as a political party has not found it fit to condemn this statement. I am totally shocked that they have not found it fit to condemn it in the strongest possible terms. If I were in the NPP I will be extremely worried because it claims to spring out of the UP tradition and the history of the UP tradition is that of terrorism. A history of assassination; and I would want to believe that the current leadership of the NPP is making some efforts to move away from this reckless path...” he retorted.
Kwesi Pratt who was contributing to a panel discussion on Radio Gold’s "Alhaji and Alhaji" programme, indicated that the incitement for the production of bombs cannot be played on the grounds of democracy or free speech; hence the need to prosecute the culprits.
“..That somebody is advocating for the manufacturing of bombs; my goodness! what has this country come to. There is nowhere in the world you can make this kind of statement and go free. They should have been arrested immediately and prosecuted with alacrity. I am surprised that in Ghana you can make such statements and go home and sleep. This is not democracy. This is mayhem, anarchy; it has nothing to do with free expression. The refusal or failure to condemn this statement must be very worrying for all decent people in the NPP...” he said.