An allegation that Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin had requested for additional $50,000 while on his medical trip to Dubai which was recently published by the Daily Guide Newspaper has caught the attention of the Alliance For Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) and it has written to the Inspector General of Police Dr George Akuffo Dampare to that effect.
For ASEPA, this amounts to the publication of false and malicious information which is punishable per stipulations under Ghana’s laws.
They called on the police to fairly apply the country’s laws on editors of the Daily Guide Newspaper just as it applied to many other persons including their Executive Director Mensah Thompson.
“ASEPA is only calling for the laws of the country to be applied equally to the editors of the Daily Guide Newspaper just as it has been applied to persons alleged to have made False and Malicious Statements against certain persons in government including the Executive Director of ASEPA who was arrested and detained for over 48 hours for similar publications,” it said in a statement.
Earlier this month, the Daily Guide Newspaper reported that the speaker had requested an additional $50,000 from parliament for his trip to Dubai, but parliament in response categorically stated that the report is false and must be ignored.
ASEPA is also of the view that editors of Daily Guide must be taken on for the report which ASEPA says is false, but the newspaper has refused to issue a rejoinder.
Recently, the Office of the Speaker has had to deny a similar report by the Daily Guide against the Speaker.
Read the full statement below:
ASEPA PETITIONS IGP OVER FALSE AND MALICIOUS PUBLICATIONS AGAINST THE SPEAKER OF PARLIAMENT BY EDITORS OF THE DAILY GUIDE NEWSPAPER
ASEPA has this morning filed a complaint with the IGP over malicious publications by Editors of the Daily Guide Newspapers against the Speaker of Parliament.
Among other things, ASEPA has included copies of a series of False and Malicious publications by Daily Guide specifically concocted to court public disaffection for the Speaker of Parliament.
ASEPA is only calling for the laws of the Country to be applied equally to the editors of the Daily Guide Newspaper just as it has been applied to persons alleged to have made False and Malicious Statements against certain persons in Government including the Executive Director of ASEPA who was arrest and detained over 48hours for similar publications.
It must be noted that our checks at the office of the Speaker revealed that several attempts to get the Daily Guide to issue a rejoinder over their false and malicious publications against the Speaker of Parliament have all proven futile.
ASEPA is therefore employing the Police to eschew selectivity and apply the laws of this country irrespective of whose ox may be gored.