Former President John Agyekum Kufuor, has asked political players to stay away from the National Communication Authority (NCA) and allow it to operate to the letter and spirit of the Act establishing it.
According to the former President, the politicisation of the NCA work, would let the Authority lose focus for defiant entities to operate illegally.
Two radio station, RadioGold and Radio XYZ purported to be affiliated to the opposition National Democratic Congress have been shut down for failure to renew their license.
The action by the NCA has generated some sort of controversy as to whether the move is an act of political victimization or a genuine enforcement of the law.
Many Ghanaians,especially members of the NDC party have accused the ruling New PatrioticParty government of conniving with the NCA to silence them.
But the government denied the opposition accusation and maintained the radio stations acted in breach of the NCA’s broadcasting act, hence the shutdown.
However, former president advised that tact and diplomacy be used to address the issue rather than reducing it to a political banter.
Presidnt Kufour made the comment when TV3 asked for his view on the matter at his Airport West Residence during a visit by families of the Ghana’s AFRC 1979 shootings in Accra Monday afternoon May 13,2019
In the view of the former President, politicisation of the NCA action would not help and that diplomatic engagement on the issues would help the nation arrive a suitable way of dealing of matter of such.
Mr Kufour preferred the aggrieved parties and the authorities engaged in mutual understand behind closed doors negotiations.
“Was the closure done on some law? If the closure was done on some law, then we have to be careful so we do not push politics too deeply into this matter”, he told the television station.
Ghana’s AFRC headed by Flt Lieut. Jerry John Rawlings reportedly executed eight senior military officers on June 16 and June 26, 1979 for alleged corruption and embezzlement of public funds.
Families of the accused officials have never been happy with Mr Rawlings over the matter and have found solace with John Kufour.