A political science lecturer at the University of Ghana say’s the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to make a ‘clear” statement on the assault meted out to a journalist from The Multimedia Group at the party’s headquarters last Friday.
Dr Lloyd Amoah is demanding a stiffer punishment for staunch party loyalist, Hajia Fati, who slapped Adom FM newscaster, Charity Sekyiwaa Ahwenepa, while she was reporting from the premises.
Hajia Fati had stormed the party office ostensibly to stop suspended vice chair, Sammy Crabbe, from filing his nomination to contest the national chairmanship slot in the party’s upcoming congress.
The journalist, who was deployed to report on the happenings there, told Joy FM the party firebrand slapped her on the mouth when she attempted to take a picture of the scene being created by the woman.
Ohemaa Sakyiwaa Awehenepa
“I got closer to her. I wanted to interview her so I took my phone out. I wanted to take a picture and so as soon as she turned, she looked at my face and asked me why I was taking pictures of her. I didn’t utter a word. She punched my mouth, and she almost took the phone from me,” she narrated.
Justifying her action on the journalist on the Joy FM Super Morning Show Monday, Hajia Fati said she thought the journalist was a supporter of the suspended official adding that the journalist “looked like an onion seller”.
“I don’t know where she was taking my picture to and I thought it was Sammy Crabbe’s supporters who were taking the pictures of me.
“And that woman [Sekyiwaa] is not a journalist because she didn’t do the work of a journalist. She didn’t approach me, she didn’t tell me anything,” she added.
The newscaster is the second journalist from The Multimedia Group to have suffered such fate in less than two months after JoyNews’ Latiff Iddris was brutally assaulted by a group of police officers at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters.