Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah; who recently visited the jailed Montie trio reveals they are not happy in prison. The Trade Minister who has obviously joined calls for their release, is hoping for a pardon from President Mahama.
The Montie three; Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn, and Salifu ‘Mugabe’ Maase, were sentenced to four months in prison by the Supreme Court, after they were found guilty of contempt charges. This was after they threatened on ‘Pampaso’ radio programme; to kill Supreme Court judges, should they rule against the Electoral Commission in the voters’ register suit.
Speaking to the media a few days after his visit, the minister said the trio are unhappy about their stay in prison and want to be pardoned. He said he decided to pay the three a visit to know how they have been faring since their incarceration, and to assure them that majority of Ghanaians, sympathise with them.
Describing the present condition of the trio, he said that one of the panelists Alistair Nelson was feeling ill that day, and could not meet with them. But the second presenter Godwin and the host of Pampaso programme Mugabe, met with his crew and discussed with them.
Dr. Spio Garbrah last week led a delegation to visit the three at the Nsawam prison where they are serving their jail sentence. Transport Minister, Dzifa Attivor in collaboration with Women for Mahama group, also visted the incarcerated three and presented them with food items as well as toiletries. Explaining their condition, Dr. Spio said that like the three, no one would be happy to be in prison, and that they (his crew) had to make extra efforts to lighten their mood.
Following their jail sentence, there have been agitations from high ranking members of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), including ministers. The NDC agitators have signed a petition to put pressure on the President to grant the trio a presidential pardon. But the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) who believe it would be wrong for Mahama to pardon the three, have come up with a counter petition, urging the President to respect the apex court’s ruling.