A law lecturer at the Ghana Institute Of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Dr. Kwaku Anane Gyinde has criticized the decision by the Kumasi Traditional Council to cause a temporary shutdown of Oyerepa Fm.
In an interview with GBC Radio-Kintampo, Friday, August 27, 2022, monitored by MyNewsGh.com, Dr. Gyinde noted that the action by the Kumasi Traditional council was in contravention of the Constitution of Ghana and an abuse of the rights of Oyerepa Fm.
“In the first place, that move is unconstitutional. It is very wrong. The law in Asanteman is not supreme to the Constitution. The Constitution of Ghana guarantees freedom of expression, association, and speech. In Ghana, the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any law in contravention of the Constitution is null and void.
He continued “The orders by the Asanteman traditional council which is contrary to the Constitution of Ghana is, therefore, null and void,” he said.
He further advised the radio station ( Oyerepa Fm) to seek legal redress on the matter from the law court since it was against their fundamental human rights.
” They should go to court. They can also go to the CHRAJ because it is a human rights issue. I can’t tell the outcome of the Court but what the Asanteman council did is against the laws of Ghana. They have erred,” he added.
The Kumasi Traditional Council has dominated headlines this week for banishing Akwasi Addai Odike and also asking Oyerepa FM to close down.
Analysts have insisted that the Traditional Council was wrong because Ghana is not a Monarchy but rather a Democratic Country where people should be governed by the constitution and not laws made by Traditional rulers.