The opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Manhyia North Constituency Collins Owusu Amankwaah has condemned brutality on a reporter with a Kumasi based radio station Bohye fm, Prince Osei Tutu.
The Journalist was allegedly beaten by ‘machomen’ yesterday Thursday during the party’s polling stations delegates elections at the constituency in Kumasi of the Ashanti Region, when he attempted taken shots of a brawl that ensued between NPP members.
Read the full statement of the MP:
Press Release By the Member of Parliament for Manhyia North, Hon Collins Owusu Amankwah.
I have learnt with utter shock and dismay the beating of Prince Osei Tutu, a reporter with Bohye fm who was legitimately carrying out his duty at the Moshie Zongo electoral area where the rescheduled re-run of some polling station election was taking place.
I condemn this dastardly act of cowardice by the thugs who allegedly carried out this action on the hapless reporter.
As a trained journalist myself I believe no one has the right to either question nor attack a journalist who is carrying out a legitimate duty which is enshrined in the constitution of the Republic of Ghana.
I therefore would plead with the police to commission an inquiry into this despicable act on the bohye fm reporter and bring the perpetrators of this barbaric attack to book so as to serve as a deterrent to many others who may think to replicate same action in future.
I will at this juncture apologise to Prince Osei Tutu for the terrible attack on his person since he came to work in the constituency of which I lead as the Member of Parliament and would plead with all journalists who plan to cover the upcoming parliamentary primary next Monday to take heart since all efforts are being expended by my outfit to ensure no single journalist is either prevented or attacked at the venue of the parliamentary poll.
I am however entreating all delegates as well as assigns of the candidates to go about their legitimate functions without fear or trepidation since the Police would be around the voting centre to provide adequate protection for electoral officers, delegates and journalists who will be carrying out their legal functions.
Thank you Signed……..
HON COLLINS OWUSU AMANKWAH,
MP MANHYIA NORTH CONSTITUENCY.