The editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, has tasked authorities at the Nsawam Maximum Security Prison to commence processes to trigger a presidential pardon for jailed boss of defunct Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), Abuga Pele.
Mr Kweku Baako jnr. believes it is about time such an arrangement is initiated following media reports that the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Chiana-Paga constituency in the Upper East, was critically ill.
He is reportedly been admitted at the Greater Accra Regional hospital formerly Ridge Hospital.
He is said to be in a critical condition at the High Dependency Unit (HDU) of the hospital after he was taken there from the Prison last week.
It is unclear what the hospital is treating the incarcerated politician for. He has so far served more than half of his jail term.
According to the veteran journalist, Mr Pele considering his current condition, needs the gesture.
“Why keep him there if it is a critical condition and I believe so because otherwise, they would not have sent him to the hospital.
Usually, Nsawam Prisons they have a medical facility I mean internal one. The very moment you are moved out of the prison yard to a health facility outside, it means the prison facility is admitting the inadequacy of it medical system relative to what disease or condition you are suffering”, Mr Baako said.
He continued “So they should evaluate it, prepare a report, send it to the appropriate authorities and I believe that a pardon will be a fair idea. That is the way I feel”.
Mr Pele, whose prosecution started under former President John Mahama was jailed six years in 2018 together with businessman Philip Akpeena Assibit, for causing financial loss to the state.
Mr Baako who did not want to go into the issues that led to the incarceration of the two, when he was tempted, said the pardon should purely be on humanitarian ground.
“Let us focus on the state of health, it is supposed to be critical condition and let ask the appropriate authorities, to do something on humanitarian ground and pardon. I mean that is my feeling and it is a personal one”, he added.
The request was made on Good Morning Ghana programme on Metropolitan television on Thursday June 03, 2021.
Mr Baako was on the show with the Communications Officer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Sammy Gyamfi who supported his colleague panel member.
The young lawyer said it will be in order if President Akufo-Addo exercised the power of clemency so that the incarcerated politician can join his family and seek proper medical care. Sammy challenged lawyers for Mr Pele to also pursue the course of getting their client freed.
“I think that the facility where he was rushed to and the medical doctors working on him should prepare a report about his current health condition and share same with the authorities who are concerned with such issues.
I think that it is in order that having served more than half of his prison term, he will be given a remission of his sentence or a presidential pardon and this will not be the first time.
He cited examples in the past where others were pardoned by the then President Kufuor adding the objective upon which Mr Pele was punished has been achieved.
“Under the Kufuor administration when some former government appointees were incarcerated for similar offenses it got to a stage where even President Kufuor, saw the need to give some of them presidential pardon which is provided for in our laws anyway.
I think that, he and the others have been punished enough, the deterrent they wanted to achieve for me has already been achieved.
So on grounds of health, if what we are hearing is anything to go by, I want to join Mr Baako to humbly appeal to the President and the ruling government, to tamper justice with mercy and give him a pardon so that, he can come home, seek medical attention immediately and spend some time with his family.
He is lost so much already”, he concluded.
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