Nungua chiefs call for ceasefire

King Odaifio Welentsi III addressing the council and the media at his palace Photo Seth Osabukle

King Odaifio Welentsi III addressing the council and the media at his palace Photo Seth Osabukle

The Nungua Traditional Council has called for an immediate end to the raging discussion in the media on whether or not to pardon the three ‘Montie’ Fm contemnors.

Briefing the media after a council meeting in Nungua yesterday, the president of the council, King Odaifio Welentse III, said “The Supreme Court has spoken. The highest court of the land has spoken. The constitution has spoken so let us all abide by the decision of the court and move on as a people.”

According to the  council president, who also doubles as the Paramount Chief of the Nungua Traditional Area, the ongoing plea to the President to pardon the three jailed men, if done, would only weaken the authority of the apex court as the arbiter in national issues, though recognizing the powers of the President to grant them the Presidential pardon.

He said if people really wanted to plea for the trio – Salifu Maase, Godwin Ako Gunn and Alistair Nelson- who have since been serving their four months jail term at the Nsawam Prison; they should have done that diplomatically after their conviction even before judgment was passed.

He said the decision of the court would set precedence and set the standard for media commentary in the country which would ultimately sanitise the airways.

King Odaifio Welentse III said the best that could be done now was to sympathise with the three men, so as to ensure that they don’t feel rejected by society after fouling the law.

The council also used the occasion to disassociate itself from the earlier plea on the President by the Ga Traditional Council to pardon the incarcerated men; a plea he said has since been misconstrued to be the position of chiefs within the Ga state.

According to King Odaifio Welentse III, the royal plea had brought the Ga state into disrepute as a result of unfair comments which have been directed at its chiefs.

As the traditional head of the Ga people, the Nungua chief said his council had sought clarification from the Ga Traditional Council on their position and they have explained that “they were misrepresented by the media.”

Condemning the widely rebuked remarks of the trio, King Odaifio Welentse III said it was equally unfair for persons who disagreed with the Ga Traditional Council to yell insults at them for pleading for mercy for the Montie 3.

Shifting his attention to the December elections, the Nungua Chief called on his colleagues to refrain from engaging in partisan politics but to champion development for their people.

He reminded them of the constitutional provision which banned them from engaging in partisan politics.

King Odaifio Welentse III challenged his peers to serve as a link between their subjects and the political parties and work towards a peaceful poll.

To politicians, the Nungua Chief warned them against manipulating traditional rulers to their advantage as the elections draw inches closer.

By Julius Yao Petetsi  

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