Nine CJA ‘Musketeers’ For Court
Crime: Providing JJ Platform to insult JAK Nine key members of the Committee for Joint Action (CJA) have been summoned to appear in an Accra High Court. They have been accused by a Kasoa-based businessman and former military officer, Kwame Baah Acheamfour for providing platform for former president Rawlings to insult President Kufuor. They are Prof. Nii Noi Dowuona of CPP, Dr. Percy of NRP, Alhaji Ramadan of PNC, Ama Benyiwa Doe of NDC, Kwasi Pratt Jnr of CPP, Ofosu Ampofo of NDC, Omane Boamah, Elvis Ankrah of NDC and Bede Zeideng of NDC. The plaintiff states that the group on the 7th of March organised its wahala march through the principal streets of Accra and ended up at the Hearts of Oak Park, Accra where Spokespersons of the group addressed the demonstrators At the Hearts Park, other people apart from the members of the CJA were given the opportunity to address the demonstrators and one of such person was ex-president Rawlings. When ex-president Rawlings took the microphone he uttered the following words “Kufuor Nie Ataa Ayi Nie,” “Kufuor Nie Awi Nie” and “Kufuor Nie” “Yaa Naa Ti Nie.” As it's generally known, Ataa Ayi is a notorious armed robber suspect presently being held by the police for investigations for armed robbery. In their natural and ordinary meaning the said words meant and were meant to understand that the president, John Agyekum Kufuor is a murderer, armed robber and a thief. The said words were calculated to disparage the office of the presidency and President John Agyekum Kufuor. Plaintiff says the defendants as organizers of the wahala demonstration failed in their duty and responsibility under the public order Act 1994, Act 491 from preventing confusion and disorder and the abuse of the rights of journalists and the public at large. The defendant and the CJA are billed to organise such further demonstrations in the regional capitals of the country and if they are not restrained from organizing demonstrators, the ex-president and other speakers will utter words calculated to disparage the president and it will bring the office of the president into disrepute.