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General News of Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Source: myjoyonline

Pratt thinks he is the only wise man - Akwetey

The Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance, Dr Emmanuel Akwetey has taken a swipe at the editor of the Insight newspaper for playing down on the Kumasi peace declaration that saw eight political parties commit to a peaceful election.

Commenting on the significance of the Kumasi peace pact, Kwesi Pratt Jnr told Paul Adom Otchere on Decision 2012 on Joy FM that the country must go beyond merely signing a piece of paper if it wants to guarantee peaceful election.

He said it was nice to see the eight political party leaders shake hands and smile at each other but that will not guarantee peace in the 2012 election.

He called for the parties to obey the laws of the country and for the security services to apply the rules vigorously.

“Everybody can go to Kumasi to sign a piece of paper. If we don’t work on the basis of the law; if the security services do not act professionally; if the EC is not unbiased and so on, it is difficult to guarantee peace,” he said.

Dr Akwetey, whose organisation coordinated the Kumasi declaration, did not appear to see Pratt’s comments as complimentary. He therefore sent a text message to protest what he said were contradictory comments by the Insight newspaper editor.

He stated in the text which was read out by the host, that Pratt cannot play down the significance of the Kumasi declaration and proceed to endorse the rule of law message by the political leaders at the same event.

Pratt in his response said: “there is no contradiction in what I said. The contradiction exists only in the imagination of Dr Akwetey.”

He said it is understandable for Dr Akwetey to defend the organisation of the Kumasi declaration because he was part of the organizers insisting, the pact realistically on its own cannot lead to peace.

Still not impressed with the utterances of Mr Pratt, the IDEG boss called into the show to express his disappointment over the comments made by the editor.

“Kwesi Pratt sometimes behaves as if he is the only wise man in Ghana and thinks over and above everybody.

“How can anybody organize such an event just for the niceties of it?” he protested.

“He clearly contradicted himself when he started by saying the peace movement has become an industry and people go in to butter their bread.”

He indicated that the Kumasi declaration was only to “reaffirm the capacity of Ghana to organize a peaceful election” and for the leaders to take a clear stand against violence.

He told Mr Pratt: “We must be ready to respect each other in a growing democracy.”