Kwaku Baako Jnr, the editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, has advised that comments made on political platforms should be interpreted in their proper context. His comments come in response to calls by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and others for the police to arrest Bryan Acheampong, the new agriculture minister, over remarks he made at the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) ‘Arise and Build’ Unity Walk in Kwahu.
Baako explained that there are different modes of communication, including the choice of words and body language, which can affect the interpretation of comments. He believes that the comments made by Acheampong have been miscommunicated and misrepresented to the public. Recounting the speech made by the agriculture minister on Accra-based Peace FM, Baako stressed the importance of context in interpreting the comments.
Baako also emphasized that while some level of propaganda is necessary in politics, it should focus on substance rather than form. He stated that calls for the arrest of someone, followed by investigation, prosecution, and sanctions, should be based on substance rather than form, unless it is within the realm of propaganda.
The editor added that it would have been alarming if the minister had said that the NPP would not hand over power regardless of the outcome announced by the Electoral Commission. Baako believes that such a statement would have been a serious matter