No Insults In Politics: Oppong Nkrumah, Sam George Preach

Ningo-Prampram Member of Parliament (MP), Sam Nartey George and Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah have expressed their abhorrence for politics of insults that are gradually becoming the norm in Ghanaian politics.

In a conversation on the social networking site, Twitter, the two MPs agreed that individuals can always make their point without trading abusive words and intemperate language to spite their political opponents.

The conversation followed a call out of legal practitioner, Martin Kpebu. He had earlier hurled insults at President Akufo-Addo during a TV discussion on a survey by Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) on corruption.

Mr Kpebu's description of President Akufo-Addo as a member of a criminal syndicate attracted condemnation by the Information Minister via his Twitter handle (@konkrumah).

According to Mr. Oppong Nkrumah, while we must uphold freedom of expression and even defend people who criticise the President, insults must not be condoned.

“It is shameful and totally unprofessional to hear lawyer Kpebu without any factual basis, accuse the President of the Republic of being a member of a criminal syndicate. Even more worrying is the fact that a media house which is to be respected airs such content and happily reproduces it on websites and social media in a bid to achieve clicks and revenues against the backdrop of unfounded insults at its national leaders. We all uphold freedoms of speech and association but let's be responsible in how we do this,” he tweeted.