Gender Activist and Member of Parliament for the Ablekuma West Constituency, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has described as hypocritical the decision by some women in government to sign a petition calling on President Mahama to pardon the convicted Montie FM trio.
Following the incarceration of the trio after they were found guilty of contempt charges, several ministers and high ranking officials of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), have signed a petition to put pressure on the President to grant them a presidential pardon.
The three had on a radio programme threatened to eliminate justices of the apex court over their handling of the lawsuit on the credibility of Ghana’s voters’ register.
Some of the women who have signed the petition include the Education Minister, Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, and Tourism Minister Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare amongst others.Speaking to an interview, Ursula Owusu, described as most disappointing the signing of the petition by the three.
“They are not gender activists; they use gender activism to get notice and attention and the positions that they are occupying now,” she said.
“What distresses me is that Betty Mould Iddrisu is a former president of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA). Nana Oye Lithur was a leading member of FIDA and if today they are telling the whole world they didn’t believe in what they were doing and it was a means to an end, what about the teeming Ghanaian women who are looking up to them to protect their rights; because they are not NDC, their rights don’t matter?” Ursula Owusu retorted.
The Ablekuma West legislator said the action of the NDC members is rather empowering the convicted persons even though there are in prison.