Blakk Rasta Summoned Before Parliamentary Privileges Committee

Popular musician and radio show host Blakk Rasta has appeared before the Privileges Committee of the Parliament of Ghana today June 25, to answer questions after a Member of Parliament had cited a newspaper report which alleged that Blakk Rasta has said 80% of MPs use marijuana.

Blakk Rasta also known as Aboubakar Ahmed represented by legal counsel Mr. Thaddeus Sory, apologised to Parliament for the comment, saying it was unfortunate, it happened on the spur of the moment.

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The Privileges Committee, chaired by Hon. Ebo Barton Oduro, played back an audio clip of the interview, tendered in as evidence by programmes coordinator of Hitzfm, Mr. Mark Okraku Mantey, in which Blakk Rasta was heard to have made the comment.

The Afrocentric, Pan-Africanist musician advocating for state legalisation of marijuana was speaking in an interview about potential economic benefits of the plant to Ghana’s economy if it is legalised.

Mr. Ken Kuranchie, Editor-in-chief of the Daily Searchlight newspaper which was also summoned before the Committee. His newspaper was cited by Mr David Hennric Yeboah, Honourable MP for Afigya Sekyere East for the publication in which Blakk Rasta’s alleged comment “impugned the integrity of Parliament”. Mr Kuranchie disclosed to the committee that his paper culled the story from Adomonline, a news website owned by the Multimedia Group.

For a moment it appeared the heat was on Ken Kuranchie rather, for some journalistic shortcomings regarding his use of the story. The Committee demanded whether he made any cross-check with Blakk Rasta or Adomonline, to which he answered in the negative.

Blakk Rasta was discharged after a grilling interrogation. The committee will submit a report to the House for a decision.

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