Freedom of expressions have been batted on and off since the day Ghana gained her independence. Historically, Ghanaians have really longed for a proper democratic dispensation and since we have it today, we must do all our possible best to maintain it.
During a panel discussion on JoyNews about ACP Dr. Benjamin Agordzo ‘s purported protest speech towards a planned coup, two MPs fiercely clashed on the floor.
Hon. James Agalga, Ranking Member of the Defense and Interior Committee and a force to reckon with from the Minority Caucus bemoaned the trial of the senior officer’s case in a Circuit Court that lacks the constitutional power to sit on the case.
He stated that situations must not be used as a tool to gag outspoken Ghanaians and unveiled ‘High Court’ with three independent justices as the right place for the case to be tried.
But in a sharp rebuttal, Hon. Seth Acheampong, the Chairman of the Defense and Interior Committee in Parliament expressed shock over his comrade’s submission. He made it clear that the state institutions are not remote controlled by government to intimidate people as majority of Ghanaians are thinking.
To him, the right approach is for the senior officer to be trialed by a Court of competent jurisdiction and whatever comes as the outcome will be the final case.
In all the foregoing, the legal council for the senior officer, Martin Kpebu, has made it clear that his client is as innocent as a lamb.
BY: C. A. Asante
Ghana – W/A