Presiding judge, Sophia Akuffo, handed a 4-month sentence to the two panelists, and the host of the ‘Pampamso’ show, Salifu Maase, alias Mugabe. The three were also fined Ghc,10,000. Failure to pay the amount according to the Court, will attract another one-month prison term. She had this to say before handing down the sentences.
The two panelists willfully attacked the Chief Justice and lowered the authority of the court by insisting that they will not accept its judgment on a controversial matter of the voter’s register. They also callously reminded the court of the gruesome murder of three High Court judges more than 30 years ago.
There is an element of criminality in their utterances which the Attorney-General should have noticed and acted upon. There are constitutional provisions that establish the independence of the judiciary and that even the President cannot control judges. The court is deserving of utmost respect if the country’s democracy is to be safeguarded. Any conduct that seeks to interfere with the judiciary is an act against the community.
The four directors of the were also fined Ghc30,000, and were asked to come out with a payment plan. They were also to provide measures they would put in place to prevent such inflammatory comments on the radio station.