A member of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) who doubles as a private legal practitioner, Gordon Edudzi Tameklo, has waged into the issue of coup mongering against the trend where people are apprehended and queried for utterances they make in relation to governance and politics.
The lawyer indicated that everybody has the right under the laws of Ghana to make decent comments hence, persons should not be harassed for their opinions expressed.
Speaking on New Day show on TV3 with Johnnie Hughes on Wednesday, March 2, he said “In fact, Akufo-Addo himself went abroad, Germany and addressed the Ghanaian community and said the prevailing unemployment condition in Ghana made the possibility of the Arab spring in this country but nobody touched him because we believed that every Ghanaian has the right to decently express himself. You have a country today, where academics cannot even express themselves on civil society platforms.”
His comment come after the Dean of the University of Ghana Law School Professor Raymond Atuguba has said during a public lecture that conditions in Ghana are rife for coup d’etat.
Solidare Governance Forum, organizers of the forum where Professor Atuguba made such comments were taken aback at the fallout from the event.
They stated that they have learnt with sadness, a few unfortunate comments coming from some figures currently within and close to the corridors of power regarding the event.
“Following the in-depth analysis on the state of the Ghanaian economy and its effects on constitutional processes, words of caution were offered by Professor Raymond Atuguba, asking government and Ghanaians to make sacrifices that will lead to rescuing the broken Ghanaian economy, so as to avoid over-exposing the country to danger and rendering it vulnerable to adventurism. We have learnt with sadness, few
unfortunate comments emanating from some elements currently within and close to power in this country.
“Our Honorary Fellow, Prof. Raymond Atuguba who is also the Dean of the University of Ghana School of Law, yesterday spoke at a Public Lecture and Panel Discussion we organised in Accra. The Professor indeed made a harmless call to nationalism and sacrifice to save the broken Ghanaian economy. As part of his speech, he called on Government to make sacrifices that will encourage Ghanaians to sacrifice and accept the obnoxious E-Levy.
According to the lawyer, the addressing the challenges of the economy is so critical that failure to do so may embolden some adventurous elements who may plan an overthrow of the current constitutional order, using the state of the broken economy as justification.
“It is therefore unfortunate that persons who are known to wield so much power around the President will use various mediums in a brazen attempt to sully the reputation of this legal luminary and thereby inspire their notorious party members to twist the import of Prof. Atuguba’s message and go further to make false claims against him.
“We hope that the twisted mental processes that have misled people within the corridors of power to call for the arrest of the Professor will be silenced quickly, by the men and women in government who appreciate the importance of intellectualism as an element of discourse within our democratic ecosystem.”
Prof Atuguba during the session said Ghana is currently going through bad economic conditions.
He said the government must be pushed to acknowledge the economic headache of the country and endeavor to deal with the canker.
“We do not want coup in this country but if we do not act quickly we may have one in our hands. There is one thing to do now, prevent coups in Ghana since the climate and the environment, national and immediate international, are conducive for one. We must compel the government to acknowledge the current economic mess, they mostly, and previous governments, to a larger extent.
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By Lawrence Odoom
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