Since the introduction of democratic rule in the country in 1992, Ghanaians have entranced the system with? the desire that unlike autocratic governance system, democracy will offer them the opportunity to share their thoughts without fear or favour.

But little did they realize that democracy, with all its associated freedom of speech has a limit.

Since the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) filed a petition to challenge the presidential

results of the NDC at the Supreme Court, many have taken advantage of freedom of speech to say things that amount to contempt of the Court.

Reacting? to the recent development in the country, the Central Regional Head of the Apostles?? Continuation Church, Snr. Pastor Martin Adjei pointed out noted that democracy does not guarantee any body rights to insult one another because of political or religious difference, or show disrespect to the law Courts that mandated by the laws of the land.

He advised the public, especially politicians to show some level of respect towards? the? Supreme Court judges appointed to sit on the election petition case, and desist from giving comments that amounts to pre- judging the case in the name of freedom of speech.

According? Snr. Pastor Adjei, ones right to speak end at where another person?s begin, and therefore warn the public to exhibit high sense of maturity in their utterances when expressing their views on the matter.

Readers would recall that a member of the NDC, Joseph Atubiga was cited for contempt by the Supreme Court and sentenced to three days imprisonment, whiles the managing editor of the Daily Searchlight Newspaper, Kennedy Adjei Kuranchie was also sentenced to ten days for the same offense.

The National Secretary of the NPP, Kwesi Owusu Afriyie (aka Sir John) has also been summoned before the Supreme Court today to answer to charges of contempt of the Court.

Sir Pastor Martin Adjei also took a swipe at those he described as self- styled pastors who have resorted to the habit of giving prophesies about the matter.

According to him, the practice could amounts to contempt of court and has therefore proposed stiffer punishment for them to serve as deterrent to others.

He described such self styled pastors as unrefined men of God who had not gone through any? will of refinement, citing the incidents of Eliajah and Elisha where he said the later allowed himself to be groomed by the former.

 

Source: Robert Ayanful/The Moment

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