July 2, 2013 (Lead Story)
Their names might sound similar but
they live in two distinct worlds. One, by the powers vested in him and
his eight other colleagues by the 1992 Constitution, is on the heels of
the other, while the “hunted” has over the weekend rendered numerous
apologies on various radio networks.
Ghanaians will this morning have a live view of Mr Stephen Atubiga
standing before Mr Justice William Atuguba and his panel members, to
render an unqualified apology to the Supreme Court for making
prejudicial comments about the ongoing presidential election petition.
Mr Atubiga, a member of the communication team of the ruling National
Democratic Congress (NDC), will be on the spotlight with Mr Kenneth
Agyei Kuranchie, Editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, and Kwaku
Boahen, the Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the NDC.
The “hunted” three were alleged to have acted in contravention of the
Supreme Court’s June, 24, 2013 order which directed all persons to
desist from making prejudicial comments and distortion of facts in the
ongoing presidential election petition.
They were on June 27, 2013 ordered to appear before the court, barely
24 hours after the court had barred the Deputy Communications Director
of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Mr Sammy Awuku, from attending hearing
of the case until the final determination of the matter for making
inappropriate comments in connection with the court’s June 24 order.
members of the Supreme Court panel are: Mr Justice Julius Ansah, Mrs
Justice Sophia Adinyira, Ms Justice Rose C. Owusu, Mr Justice Jones
Dotse, Mr Justice Anin Yeboah, Mr Justice Paul Baffoe-Bonnie, Mr Justice
N. S. Gbadegebe and Mrs Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo.
Mr Atubiga is said to have warned that the NDC would not accept the
verdict of the court if the first petitioner and 2012 Presidential
Candidate of the NPP, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, was declared the
President of the country.
Ken Kuranchie is being summoned before the court for a front page
comment he published in the Thursday, June 27, 2013 edition of his
For crossing the court’s final touchline which warned lawyers,
journalists, political activists and social commentators to desist from
making prejudicial comments about the election petition with effect from
June 24, 2013, the three are expected to appear before the court by 10:
Although the court, on the day Mr Awuku was sanctioned, warned that
henceforth any other person or groups of persons who appeared before it
over contemptuous comments would face harsher punishment by the court,
it is not clear what the court would do to the three.
June 27, 2013 Summons
Affirming its resolve to nip in the bud loose speech and any form of
write- ups that will endanger national security, the Supreme Court in
the afternoon of June 27, 2013 issued written summons to the three
persons to appear before it this morning.
Three separate summons, all dated June 27, 2013 and signed by the
presiding judge, Mr Justice Atuguba, and the acting Registrar of the
Supreme Court, Mr James Mensah, directed the affected persons to appear
before the court and answer for their utterances.