Host of Montie FM’s political talk show ‘Pampaso’, Maase Salifu, has told the Supreme Court panel hearing the suit brought against the station, that he was unable to control the panelist who threatened to kill judges on his show, because his producer was not available to prompt him.
Maase Salifu, alias Mugabe, who boasts of 15 years experience in radio, told the Court that his producer fell ill, and was rushed to the hospital 15 minutes before the show, hence there was no one to control him in the studio.
He also stated that, he regrets his comments and pleaded with the judges to forgive him as he has been a journalist of good repute for 15 years.
Producer failed to brief me
Alistair Nelson and Godwin Ako Gunn, the panelists who threatened to kill the judges in relation to their handling of the lawsuit on the credibility of the voters’ register, are facing contempt charges together with the host and the four owners of the radio station.
Alistair Nelson also told the Court that he made the said comments because producers of the show failed to brief him ahead of the programme.
He therefore pleaded with the court to forgive him and promised not to make such comments again. Before then however, he blamed his comments on a disease called “kpokpogbligbli.”
According to him, “kpokpogbligbli is an unknown disease that takes over a person’s body and controls what he says and does.
The Court issued a warrant for the owners of the station, host of the station’s ‘Pampaso’ programme, and the panelists, who threatened to kill judges over their handling of a case on the credibility of the voters’ register to appear before them to answer for contempt charges.
The owners of the station, Harry Zakour, Edward Addo, Kwasi Attuah and Kwaky Bram Larbi were in court, after they failed to appear on July 12. Lawyer for the owners, Nana Ato Dadzie also pleaded for mercy and said the owners regret the incident.
Court sets July 27 for ruling
Meanwhile the court has set July 27, 2016, to sentence them.
At its second hearing of the suit today [Monday], the accused persons who were largely remorseful apologized for the comments and said they would not recur.