The Managing Editor of The Insight, Kwesi Pratt Jnr., has received a death threat from a member of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP).
He was told in plain language that he will be assassinated, should the NPP win the 2016 general elections.
The message, sent by a faceless man, who gave his name only as Awudu from Nima, a suburb of Accra said, if the veteran journalist continues to associate with
President John Mahama and his “criminally minded” National Democratic Congress (NDC), he would be buried in 2016.
The death threat was sent through MTN number 0244546105. It said “Insha Allah Kwesi we will bury u in 2016 after election, if u follow this criminal minded president n his bandits, heart attack ll kill”.
The writer, who obviously appeared very deficient in the Queens Language continued, “know body listen to u accept the 40% NDC supporters”, signing with his name Awudu.
Mr. Pratt, questioned why anybody in his or her right senses would vote for a party such as the NPP, when even in opposition, it has the audacity to threaten people its opponents?
Mr. Pratt, a known and unrepentant member of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s Convention People’s Party (CPP), made the exposé when he appeared on Accra-based Radio Gold to participate in its weekend news analysis talk show programme, “Alhaji and Alhaji”, hosted by Alhassan Suhiyini, Saturday morning.
The exposé , was part of a submission he made on the damning secret tape involving a former flagbearer aspirant of the NPP and Member of Parliament (MP) for Akim Oda, in the Eastern Region, Yaw Osafo-Marfo, which has since gone viral.
Effort to reach Mr. Pratt to seek further clarification on the issue on Saturday evening, proved futile as calls and text message sent to his MTN phone, went unanswered as at press time.
It is not known when Mr. Pratt had the supposed text message, but this comes a day after Mr. Pratt was ambushed by two young executives of the NPP on Peace FM’s morning show Kokrooko, hosted by Kwame Sefa Kayi, over some comments he made on Radio Gold, which the two felt was in bad taste.
Mr. Pratt, who was quoted to have described the NPP “Won Gbo” Dumsor demonstration as “fraudulent”, was ambushed and harassed by very loud members of the NPP, the National Organizer, John Boadu and the party’s Deputy Communications Director, Anthony Abayifa Karbo.
They sought further clarification on the statements attributed to him (Pratt) on Saturday, 14th February on the station.
John Boadu, in particular interrogated Mr. Pratt, accusing him (Pratt) of having a double-faced personality whenever NPP issues are raised for discussions.
Last Saturday, Mr. Pratt on Radio Gold’s “Alhaji and Alhaji” described the NPP demo as a party affair and so, asked the party to be bold to declare that the demonstration was conducted to advance their own interest and ambition.
He further stated emphatically that the demonstration, in his conviction, was fraudulent.
“…This demonstration is different from demonstrations that have been organised by AFAG, Committee for Joint Action or the Alliance for change. Those appear not to have been party demonstrations and the organisers were drawn from different political parties”
…but this one it is bare-faced NPP demonstration…I am not saying being a bare-faced NPP demonstration is bad; it is not bad. Political parties can organise demonstrations. They should be bold to say that we are organising this demonstration to further our ambition, interest and so on…but to call a press conference and tell us that it is not an NPP demonstration but a national demonstration, I think it is fraudulent…it is clearly fraudulent,” stated the Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper said as reported by Peacefmonline.com.
However, on Peace FM’s “Kokrokoo”, he initially flatly denied making the statements attributed to him on the online portal regarding the NPP “Won Gbo” demonstration, saying the report was “heavily tweaked”.
He explained that his “position has always been that everybody is entitled to demonstrate. Everybody is entitled to demonstrate even if it is for unworthy purposes and so on. And this is a position I’ve taken on, how can I come anywhere and say that people should not demonstrate”?
The seasoned Editor, who felt he was being treated unfairly by the two NPP gurus, accused the host, Kwami Sefa Kayi of bias for giving a sign language on his (Pratt’s) blind side, ostensibly to undermine him and further attempted to sought solace in claims that the panel was “skewed”.
“Would you allow me to make my comment and stop this unnecessary interference,” he screamed at his co-panel members adding, “this is what happens when you skew the panel…”
“…When I was looking the other way I saw you (Sefa Kayi) giving them (Karbo and John Boadu) a sign…I was very uncomfortable because I know how this programme functions. This programme is not done in sign language and whenever the presenter wants to tell people to comport themselves, he says it….It just happens I was looking the other way and I saw you giving them a sign language. My interpretation of the signal is different,” Pratt accused the host even though he admitted the sign language was to tell Karbo to keep quiet.
He also charged at John Boadu and Anthony Karbo for “deliberately” raising the issue (of him slamming the NPP’s demo) on Kokrokoo, saying it was “not fair”.
“Why are you stating it on this programme?” he quizzed.
But the two NPP stalwarts, would not back down on their stance.
John Boadu told his colleague on the other side of the political divide that he chose to express his concerns on Kokrokoo because, “this is the programme that I can meet you. This is the programme that I can seek clarity from you…I’m surprised that you would say that.”
Whiles Anthony Karbo, openly wondered why the newspaper Editor, would on the same issue express different views on different platforms, John Boadu, expressed surprise that Mr. Kwesi Pratt, would dare deny his own assertions.
“Could there ever be a more skewed panel on radio than the ones put together on Radio Gold’s Alhaji and Alhaji, the platform on which Mr. Pratt made those comments?” Karbo sought to know and accused Mr. Kwesi Pratt of clutching at straws.
“I will be surprised if you (Kwesi Pratt) said so…The reason assigned to what you have been reported to say is that because the government has come out with measures to resolve the problem, any attempt for NPP to go on demonstration is fraudulent…” John Boadu added.