4 December 2012

Ghana: NDC Aspirant Drags Radio Station to Court

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Upper Denkyira East, Dr. Mark Kurt Nawaane, has filed a writ of summons against SOLA FM station, per its managing director and Mr. Nicholas Ohene Agyekum, station manager, before a Cape Coast High Court.

The plaintiff, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Saint Mark Hospital at Dunkwa, as well the Sterner Students Hostel in Cape Coast, is seeking an order of award of GH¢200,000 against the defendants jointly and severally for defamatory words allegedly published by the defendant radio station.

He is, by the action, also seeking an order of the court directing the first defendant, Ohene Agyekum, to use the second defendant to retract the said defamatory words and render an unqualified apology to the plaintiff.

The action is to enable the plaintiff, clear his name over the juju alarm, which had hit the Dunkwa township lately.

In a 16-point statement of claim filed by Lawyer Michael Arthur-Dadzie of Baduwa Legal Consult of Cape Coast on November 26, 2012, the plaintiff said on November 12, 2012, during the morning show programme, between the hours of 7.30 to 11:00 a.m., the first defendant, using the radio station, published defamatory words to the effect that Dr. Nawaane was the cause of an ailment suffered by the sitting Member of Parliament (MP), Nana Amoako, while on the campaign trail at Kyekyewere, because he had buried a cow alive with his picture.

On Sunday, November 11, 2012, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP, Nana Amoako, suddenly fell sick while on the campaign trail at Kyekyewere.

He was rushed to the Kyekyewere Clinic for treatment, and later referred to the Dunkwa Municipal Government Hospital, where he was admitted for five days and treated for a case of Diabetes Mellitus.

The statement said Nicholas Ohene Agyekum, who is also the spokesman for the MP, told listeners of the local radio station on Monday, November 12, without any justifiable cause, and with malicious intent and lack of control, that the NDC candidate, Dr. Nawaane, was the cause of the ailment.

The plaintiff claims the said publication was a palpable falsehood known to the defendant, and yet he went ahead with it.

Dr. Nawaane, with 22 years experience up his sleeves as a medical doctor, claims the said defamatory publication had lowered his image and dented his hard won reputation before the eyes and minds of right thinking members of society, to the extent that members of the public were pointing accusing fingers at him to his utmost disgust, disgrace, humiliation and embarrassment.

The plaintiff stated that the publication had affected his political endeavours and present and future ambitions, saying the act of the defendants was a ploy to tarnish his hard won reputation and discredit his political credentials and his pursuit as the parliamentary candidate of the NDC for the Upper Denkyira constituency.

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