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General News of Sunday, 12 August 2007

Source: Chronicle

Journalists Are Toothless Bulldogs -Wayo

... Some of them are in bed with govt
Mr. Charles Kofi Wayo, the maverick Ghanaian politician and the founder and leader of the United Renaissance Party (URP) has accused Ghanaian media of compromising the role assigned to them by the constitution because they are in bed with some politicians in the country. The media in Ghana has no teeth to bite, he said.

Mr. Kofi Wayo who was speaking with The Chronicle newspaper in Sunyani last week noted that most media personnel in the country have their hands in the mouth of certain politicians resulting in their failure to take on the government. He appealed to newspaper publishers to pay their staff well for them to stop taking money from government appointees to compromise on their constitutional mandate.

Mr. Wayo who was in the Brong Ahafo Region to open his party’s offices said because he would like the media to hold his government accountable to the people of Ghana, his presidency would create the needed atmosphere of media managers to pay their staff well.He noted that because some of the media personnel have been taking huge sums of money from government functionaries they have relegated their watchdog roles, which is not the best for the country.

Touching on the activities of URP, Mr. Kofi Wayo said his party was poised to wrestle power from the NPP, adding “President Kufuor would be the last Academician President in this country.” According to him Ghana does not need the academicians who could only talk about theoretical issues but people with rich expertise who could perform practically to move the economy of the nation forward. He said the URP would be looking for people with capabilities and not people who could create tribal or religious sentiments, which he noted, could plunge the country into chaos.

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