News Desk Report
President John Dramani Mahama has finally responded to the petition sent to him by the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and 155 journalists calling for sanctions against one of his presidential staffers, Mr. Stan Dogbe.
The former Joy FM reporter had seized the recorder of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation reporter, Mr. Yahayah Kwamoah and smashed it, for allegedly recording him, without his consent.
Available information indicates that Mr. Stan Dogbe and a colleague were discussing how to break the death of Mr. Samuel Nuamah, the Ghanaian Times Flagstaff House correspondent, who died through a road crash whilst following the president’s convoy, to his family, when the incident occurred.
Despite the public uproar against his conduct, Mr. Stan Dogbe refused to render a public apology to the GBC reporter and the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), of which he is a member.
The development forced MFWA and the journalists to send a signed petition to President Mahama, calling on him to sanction Mr. Stan Dogbe. Three months after the receipt of the petition, the Secretary to the president, acting obviously on behalf of the chief executive officer of the country has sent a response to MFWA.
Though the letter was dated November 10, 2015, the MFWA took possession of it only yesterday. Mr. Sulemana Braimah, the Chief Executive Officer of the MFWA admitted the receipt of the response letter from the presidency but could not explain why even though dated November 10th, was only received yesterday (25-1-16).
“We are, however, happy that the Presidency appreciates the fact that Mr. Dogbe’s action has an impact on the reputation of the Presidency. It’s been almost four months since Mr. Dogbe committed the embarrassing act and one would have expected a swift action from the President to safeguard the reputation of his high office.
“I hope that the promise by the President to deal with the matter will not remain just a promise. I hope he will take action soon,” Braimah stressed.
The Secretary to the president’s letter reads: “I acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 14th October, 2015 addressed to His Excellency the President on the above subject. His Excellency has taken note of the concerns raised in the letter. He wishes me to assure the Media Foundation that due attention would be paid to the matter in the interest of protecting the reputation of the Presidency.”
Some senior journalists who were interviewed over the issue also argued that whilst the president deserved commendation for responding to the petition, he (Prez) could be dragging his feet over the matter because there was no straight to the point promise to take action against Mr. Stan Dogbe.
The senior journalists further told The Chronicle that even the investigation into the accident of the presidential press corps which coverage resulted on the attack on the GBC reporter had still not been made public. They wondered how long it would take to police to make the report public.