NDC MP for North Tongu Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa cannot make any further publications on the Secretary to the Board of the National Cathedral Secretariat, Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng in the next 10 days, the High Court has ordered.
The Kumasi-based pastor took this action following a series of allegations made by the lawmaker against him including the illegal transfer of state funds meant for the construction of the National Cathedral into his (Rev Kusi Boateng’s) company account as well as having a double identity.
The publications which were made on the social media handles of the legislator have raised questions about the credibility of the Board which comprises eminent members of the clergy.
In its ruling, however, the High Court ordered Mr Ablakwa not to make such “public disclosures of private documents, correspondence, communication and property belonging to the Applicant (Rev. Kusi Boateng)”.
Rev. Kusi Boateng also sued the legislator for defamation.
The Plaintiff in his statement of claim stated that the defendant [Mr Ablakwa’s] insinuations against him are “not only misleading but calculated to injure his reputation.”
For this reason, he demanded the following;
a. A declaration that the statements made by the Defendant, which have been particularized in paragraph 22 of the statement of claim, are defamatory;
b. An order directed at the Defendant to publish on the same platform that he published the defamatory words as well as a full page of the Daily Graphic Newspaper, on six consecutive occasions over a 6 month period, an unqualified retraction and an apology;
c. An order for perpetual injunction restraining the Defendant, his agents, assigns and servants from further publishing any defamatory words against the Plaintiff;
d. General Damages for defamation;
e. Costs; and
f. Any other order(s) as this Honourable Court may deem fit.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH