*Throws insults, curses at journalists

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The Board Chairman of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), Rev. Prof. Seth Andrews Ayettey, was at his wits best on Monday, January 30, 2012 when he seized the opportunity during a donation to the hospital to exact his pound of flesh on journalists he considered to be his detractors.

Shouting and cursing them in the full glare of the Canadian High Commissioner, Mrs. Trudy Kernighan, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the hospital, Mr. Salifu Mustapha, a security officer, identified as Nelson and other media practitioners, the reverend minister ironically chose to curse and wish for the death of the two men at a ceremony where a life-saving machine was being donated to the hospital.

“You are cursed; God will punish you and Prosper, [a journalist of Ghanaian Trust newspaper,] including your teams;” you are nation wreckers” were some of the words from the man of God who had constantly used the pulpit to preach peace and proclaim blessings to the Faith congregation of the Presbyterian Church at Shiashie, a suburb of Accra.

The learned professor did not mince words as he singled out our man, [Mr. Koryekpor Awlesu Freeman] and Mr. Prosper Agbenyegah, who writes for the Ghanaian Trust newspaper and claimed “you [Freeman] and your teams have been writing purely evil stories about me that I have hijacked a vehicle meant for the Fevers Unit of the hospital for personal purposes instead of serving the hospital.”

As if calling on his congregation to witness an incident between him and his church secretary, the man of God ordered the reporters to “see the Fevers Unit vehicle packed there. Do you see me in the vehicle for which you published I have hijacked? Shame on you and your team.”

This incident occured at the Supply Unit (the Stores) of the hospital when media practitioners from Joy FM, Oman FM, and Daily Graphic had approached the Canadian High Commissioner for an interview.

The reporters (from Today and Ghanaian Trust) were part of a team of journalists that had gone to the hospital to cover the donation of four mammogram machines by the government of Canada and a news conference following the outbreak of a deadly bacterial infection called Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).

It would be recalled that Today in its Tuesday, January 12, 2012 edition wrote a story exposing Prof. Ayittey as using a vehicle meant for the Fevers Unit for his personal purposes instead of serving the hospital.

The said car, a Green Toyota Hilux with registration number GE 8982 Y, was given to the Fevers Unit at Korle Bu by the Global Fund and was to be used for HIV work, visiting patients and conveying drugs.

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