Popular journalist sentenced to prison over contempt of court

An Accra High Court (Criminal Court 2) has sentenced Oheneba Boamah Bennie of Power 97.9 to prison for 14 days.

The host of Battle Ground on Power FM was dragged to court last year by Attorney General, Godfred Dame for contempt of court.

Oheneba Boamah allegedly took to social media to post a video just after the declaration of Nana Akufo-Addo as president-elect by the Electoral Commission claiming that President Nana Addo had met with eight justices of Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice and had influenced them.

The Attorney General subsequently dragged him to court over the publication. According to him, Oheneba Boamah wanted to tell the public that judges including justices of the highest court of the land take directives from the President in their rulings.

The court presided over by Justice Elfreda Dankyi found Oheneba Boamah guilty of the charge against him and that she was charitable with the sentence.

He was fined an amount of Gh¢3,000.

In other news, the Minister for Roads and Highways, Hon Amoako Atta has asked contractors to support the controversial Electronic transaction Levy (E-levy).

Addressing the leadership of the Road Contractors Association, Mr. Amoako-Attah said the e-levy will help generate more funds, part of which will be used to pay road contractors.

He added that the implementation of the 1.75% levy will help government fix several deplorable roads.

“When the E-levy is implemented, the road sector will get its fair share. All contractors owed by the government will be paid. A number of deplorable roads will be fixed when the E-Levy is introduced because all contractors we owe will be paid. You are going to benefit directly from its implementation. No serious government will joke with its contractors.”