Ms Hannah Bissiw was in her element last week Friday charging on Kweku Balado Manu, MP for Ahafo Ano South in an attempt to poke her finger into the eye of the soft spoken MP at the studios of ETV, an Accra-based television station. But for the intervention of her bodyguard and the host, the outcome of the altercation could have been worse.
It was a nasty incident, one of two altercations which visited airwave political discussions last week. The studios of Asempa FM had its share of a near breach of the peace when irate NPP activists and supporters stormed the location to vent their anger after an NDC panelist allegedly showered insults on their party’s flagbearer.
It was some twenty or so minutes to the end of the ETV morning show when what should have proceeded and ended as a normal discussion turned sour, prompting the intervention of the host Frema Ashkar and the deputy minister’s bodyguard. Hannah Bissiw, the lady who has gained notoriety for insulting Nana Akufo Addo turned to the same page during the programme referring to the stale allegations leveled against the flagbearer since the NDC communication team went into overdrive in the campaign of calumny.
The Akan proverb spewing MP in response pointed at the controversial wikileaks report about President Mills’ health status adding that these too should be taken as credible stuff. This did not go down well with the deputy minister who went on an insulting spree prompting the MP to tell the host he would not want to be part of discussion programme that include personalities like Hannah Bissiw. The Deputy minister charged on him in a bid to put her finger into his eye but just then her bodyguard gate crashed the studious as though he had been hinted about the brewing trouble.
He made for her books so she could leave the studios and obviate a nasty development. It was a rough day for the host who would definitely pen the nasty incident in her career diary. The incident and the one which occurred at Asempa FM point at the need for decorum by panelists who partake in radio programmes.
Arguments over who introduced insults into our political culture continue to be held on street corners. The President has time without number expressed concern about the rising tide of insults in the country but rarely descended upon his aides who are the forefront of the social aberration. Many of these aides including the deputy minister have gained the unenvitable notoriety of insulting political and even religious leaders when they express concern over the unwholesome development in the country.
The moderator of the Presbyterian Church was recently described as a charlatan and false prophet by one of the leading insulters in the NDC, Otukunor. The Bishop’s Conference of the Roman Catholic Church had its share of the insult when it was put on the carpet by NDC communicators for demanding a verification component for the biometric registration exercise. The Vice President recently said he does not engage in insults in a bid to distance himself from a troubling culture that is threatening democracy in the country.
Many have questioned the sense in outdooring a code of conduct for the NDC communicators as announced by deputy information Minister Agyenim Boateng when their radio discussants continue to be abrasive in their submissions on the airwaves.
Source: A.R. Gomda/D-Guide
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