I’ve sealed my mouth – Sir John


Trust New Patriotic Party general secretary, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John, to wax proficiently in local colloquialism on any subject. And this he made amply manifest on Wednesday afternoon.

Moments after saying that he had decided to seal his lips from too much commentary, particularly on issues concerning the Supreme Court and his appearance last Wednesday before the august panel, he chipped in an idiom and simply decided it was sufficient, no more comment.

The days come soon when the expected one will arrive, he told his host on Asempa FM, at which time he said life will turn for the better. Sir John was responding to questions on Ekosii Sen, an afternoon talk programme.

Not even a lure to share his experience while in the dock at the Supreme Court was tempting enough, and he put that succinctly enough.

I was not put in the dock, he said, explaining that he was rather made to stand near the dock.

Sir John was last week Wednesday convicted of criminal contempt and handed a GH₵50,000 fine in default of which he was to serve six months imprisonment, plus he was also to undertake to be of good behaviour for six months or he would spend six months in lieu of that. His colleague in the NPP, Hopeson Adorye, was also convicted of contempt.

While still on Asempa, he had said that his posture while before the court – where he put his finger tight on his lips on being heard for contempt – should signal how he intends to carry himself henceforth.

He spoke via phone from Tamale, where he had gone to support an appeal process to get the high court decision of Monday that convicted some NPP activists of murder, reversed.

The activists were handed various sentences, including a death-by-hanging penalty for one.

Sir John said he had to appeal to supporters of the party who were agitated over the verdict and sentence by the court, and urged them to be peace-loving and law abiding.

Isaac Yeboah/graphic.com.gh/Ghana

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