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29-Aug-2015  
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The President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr Affail Monney has been asked to apologise for his comments following an accident that claimed the life of a presidential correspondent, Samuel Nuamah of the Ghanaian Times.

In a statement, regional executives of the GJA said Mr Affail Monney's failure to call for investigations into the death of Ghanaian Times reporter Samuel Nuamah was a “shame”, “unfortunate” and marks him out as a poor leader.

Mr Monney shocked journalists after he ignored a journalist's account of events leading to the tragic accident involving presidential correspondents.

He rather backed the account provided by the President’s Chief of Staff, Mr Julius Debrah. His comments during an interview with Joy News has been roundly condemned by Editors and the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA).

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Regional Executives of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) wish to express our disappointment at the manner in which the President of the Association, Mr Affail Monney handled the unfortunate situation that claimed that life of our brother and colleague, Samuel Nuamah of Ghanaian Times and which also resulted in some of our colleagues being admitted to the 37 Military Hospital, with some of them being placed under emergency and intensive care.

In the first place, we want to disassociate ourselves from Mr Monneys unfair comments on the issue and want to remind him that as a true leader, he ought to have the confidence to stand alone, have the courage to make tough decisions, and also have the heart for his people. We consider the Presidents remarks in an interview with Joy FM and his inability to call for a probe disheartening.

Instead, he was reportedly crisscrossing the corridors of power for embellished answers rather than ascertaining the truth from those who were involved in the accident. We all know that in basic journalism, we are trained to be probing even in the face of the glaring facts, rather, it is sad that the GJA Presidents answers to Joy FM’s probe, were predicated on what he got from the presidency.

He failed to call for investigation into to what led to the hiring of a commercial vehicle for the press, resulting in the fatalities. We see that as a complete display of poor leadership quality. We think it is a shame that the GJA President after a meeting with the presidency, ignored the accounts of his own Napoleon Ato Kittoe, forgetting the African proverb, that “he who throws a stone in the market will hit his relative”.

It was heart-rending that Mr Monney told Joy News that information he had from a clairvoyant Wisdom Awuku, a Presidential Staffer, who was comfortably seated in a 4x4 V8 vehicle, was that Napoleon was sleeping when the accident occurred and, therefore, could not have monitored or observed what happened and given an accurate account.

What the GJA President failed to notice was that Awuku, with his questionable attitude towards the media, was not one of the passengers onboard the vehicle and so how come he took the words of Awuku as the measure of truth?

Clearly, the actions of Mr Monney, stands in aversion to what the association as a group believes in and will mark yesterday as a dark day in the history of Journalism in Ghana. What happened to Samuel could have happened to any of us, it is, therefore, shameful for the GJA President to provide answers that were apparently cooked by persons within the presidency.

What happened to our probing skills? Why is it that the GJA did not carry out any proper investigation but rather sang along with the wrong fellows in the corridors of power?.
We want it to be on record that, the President has failed all members and the best thing for him to do is to stop talking and render an unqualified apology.

To Stan Dogbe: We want to say that, he may be a presidential staffer today, but he should remember that power is not absolute, and as the Igbos say, “a bird that flies off the earth and lands on an anthill is still on the ground”.

If, today, you find yourself within the community of elders, remember that in that world, all the doors are not locked but a good number are left open and your actions may drive the crowd out of the market before the close of the days business.
 
 
 
 
 

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