General News of Monday, 22 August 2016
A private legal practitioner, Maurice Ampaw will begin a 10-day hunger strike in protest of the pardon granted jailed Montie FM presenter and two panelists.
Maurice Ampaw said as part of the protest, he will go on a nationwide anti-Mahama campaign to thwart his second term bid in the upcoming elections.
Two radio panelists, Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn and show host, Salifu Maase of an Accra-based radio station, Montie FM were sentenced to four months imprisonment by the Supreme Court on July 27, 2016, for threatening to kill judges of the Court.
The three were also fined 10,000 cedis each while the owners of the frequency of the radio station, and the directors were fined 30,000 cedis respectively.
A petition signed by Ministers of State and leading members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) was presented to President Mahama to invoke his powers of pardon under Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution to grant them pardon.
The President then referred the petition to the Council of State for advice who recommended the contemnors’ be released on compassionate ground.
President in a statement signed by Communications Minister, Edward Omane Boamah granted a remission of sentence to the three inmates on August 22.2016.
A livid Maurice Ampaw on Adom News Monday expressed grave disappointment in the President’s decision to grant the Montie trio clemency.
In his view, the pardon will undermine the powers of the Supreme Court judges who sat on the case.
“President Mahama will pay dearly politically for free the Montie 3; he cannot do things to please his party to the detriment of majority of Ghanaians,” he fumed.
Maurice Ampaw said he will embark on a house-to-house campaign and educate the electorate on why President Mahama should be rejected ahead of the December 7 elections.