National Chairman of the People’s National Convention (PNC) has reacted to calls demanding for his arrest.
Some political pundits have criticized Bernard Mornah for comments they have described as ‘treasonable’.
Central Regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, was first to wade in the fray by calling for the arrest of the leader of the Inter-Party Resistance Against New Voter Register [IPRAN] with immediate effect.
Machiavellian & Crude Tactics
The IPRAN, addressing a section of the media on Tuesday, 26th May, 2020, stated emphatically that the Electoral Commission (EC) is employing crude Machiavellian tactics to compile a new voters’ register ahead of the December polls, and vowed to disrupt the process if push comes to shove.
“It is disappointing and disheartening to note that that was the first time political parties in the Resistance had heard about this blatant attempt at political bigotry by the EC to exclude close to about 10 million eligible voters from registering to vote in this year’s general elections.
“It is also important to emphasise that the EC surreptitiously employed a crude Machiavellian tactic in this mischievous agenda by circumventing long-standing laid-down procedures of allowing IPAC to discuss such an important matter such as amending an electoral law,” the group stated.
Incentive For War
Kwamena Duncan, contributing to a panel discussion on Wednesday’s ‘Kokrokoo‘ on Peace FM, told host Kwami Sefa Kayi that Mr. Mornah’s recent comments are an incentive for war in the country and wondered why the PNC leader has not been picked up by the appropriate security agencies for interrogation.
” . . . .A constitutional body with a clear mandate subject to the law and you have a Ghanaian speak to the entire country that if they go ahead, we will disrupt and we will kill one another . . . One Ghanaian tells all of us that let the constitutionally mandated body charged with the duty to compile a register to enable us exercise our franchise to select or elect those who will wish to govern our country; let somebody go ahead, they will disrupt the exercise. They will kill one another…If I were the Minister for National Security, straightaway, I will pick up this man. What he did yesterday amounted to a declaration of war,” he stressed.
Same As Ofosu Ampofo?
Atik Mohammed, also of the PNC said if the National Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, is facing trial for similar comments he made, Bernard Mornah should be arrested to face same.
Pay Attention To Your English Teacher
But speaking in an interview on UTV midday news, Mr Mornah said there is nothing ‘treasonable’ about the comments he made.
He insists those who have misconstrued him either have poor english background or their english teacher did a poor job.
“I’m at Oyibi…I’m available which police should I go to? If there is any problem they don’t need to look for me; they should invite me; I will come; moreover, I’ve shown you my location.
“I said the worst they (NPP) can do is to kill us but if we don’t die we will resist. If you don’t understand this and you misconstrue it, I can only blame your English teacher or perhaps you didn’t pay attention when your English teacher was teaching (the subject); so go back to school.
“So if anybody is calling for my arrest, I don’t have a problem with them but their English teacher. I will easily walk to any police station they want me to go to. I am available to be arrested,” he stated.
Listen to him in the video below:
Police CID Invitation
In a related development, Peacefmonline.com is reliably informed that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has invited Mr Mornah to assist with investigations into the matter.
The police have sent an invitation letter to him asking that he should report at the CID headquarters on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 10 am to assist with an investigation it is conducting into an allegation of threat against the EC, should it decide to go ahead with the compilation of a new voter’s register in late June 2020.
“The CID Headquarters is investigating a case in which you were alleged to have threatened to resist any attempt by the Electoral Commission (EC) to compile a new voter’s register for the 2020 general election.”
“You were also heard in a video interview to have threatened “that people who are already Ghanaians and already registered are going to be taken out of the register, don’t you think confusion will come at the registration and if confusion come there, you think the EC staff will be safe, we will beat each other there, we will kill each other there if that is what the EC want to lead this nation to,” the invitation letter dated May 28, 2020 and signed by Barima Tweneboah Sasraku III, a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) for the Director General of CID said.