Court grants chief plea to intervene in defamatory case against Cape Coast South MP
Cape Coast High Court has granted a plea from Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, the Omanhene (Paramount) of Oguaa Traditional Area, to intervene in a misunderstanding between the Cape Coast Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Ernest Arthur, and Mr. George Kweku Ricketts, the Member of Parliament for Cape Coast South.
The Omanhene had appealed to the court to set aside its February 27, 2022 judgment, and grant him three weeks to resolve the issues between the honourable members.
Mr. Ernest Arthur on October 26, 2020, filed a suit against the MP following what he described as defamatory comments made by Mr. Ricketts-Hagan about him, following his confirmation as MCE.
In an earlier judgment by the court on February 27, 2022, the court ordered the MP to within three weeks, hold a press conference to retract the said defamatory comments.
The court also awarded GH¢100,000 in damages and a cost of GH¢5000 to the MCE.
After court proceedings on March 15, George Justice Arthur, the Cape Coast South Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) claimed that the MP was unaware of the suit against him.
He also told the media that Mr. Ricketts had filed a motion, seeking to set aside the court’s earlier decision.
The MCE had sued the MP for what he described as defamatory comments made by Mr. Ricketts-Hagan about him, following his confirmation as MCE.
Source : africaneditors.com