The Eastern Region Minister has launched a scathing attack on some journalists accusing them of fabricating stories with the intent to create division in the country.
Dr Kwasi Appiah Kubi was incensed about reports that suggested that the Castle was behind a recent meeting held by regional executives of the party to declare support for President John Mills ahead of his campaign bid to be retained as flag-bearer of the governing NDC.
“The fact that you have a camera and a piece of paper and pen doesn’t make you a superior person. You are not and don’t think you know it all because you don’t know it. All that you set out to do is when you wake up in the morning,[you] go out there and cut people down.”
“…What you are doing now I am telling you, you are creating unnecessary chaos in the country…because of the idiocy of just a tiny minority of you. And I am telling you I will not take it. You can record it and play it as many times as you like. I mean every word that I am using today,” he snapped.
He was speaking to journalists after a brief tour of the region to inspect development projects.
Joy News’ Benjamin Tetteh said the minister showed no sign of anger during the tour with journalists but in a dramatic swing in mood he lunged at a section of the media for divisive reportage.
He singled out the Daily Guide and the New Crusading Guide Newspapers for criticism, arguing rather passionately, that the declaration by the Eastern Region branch of the NDC supporting President John Mills was not as a result of coercion from the Castle but the brain child of the regional and constituency executives of the party, Benjamin Tetteh reported.
According to him, a reporter from Peace FM, an Accra-based FM station was sacked from the press corps that toured the region.
The minister’s verbal attacks came after threats from supporters of the NDC to beat up some journalists they accuse of false reportage.
The journalists were said to have been angered by the incidents and threatened to boycott the day’s activities but rescinded their decision upon intervention by the Akuapim North DCE.