The 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Tunes Awards (VGMA) was billed to be the climax of celebrating two a long time of Ghanaian new music. But that was not to be.
The brandishing of a gun and exchange of fisticuffs led to pandemonium which held up the ceremony for an hour, including some awards not staying declared for security causes.
Market gamers have blamed Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr (Shatta Wale ) and Livingstone Etse Satekla (Stonebwoy) for the anticlimax.
The duo, who are now aiding Law enforcement in investigations, have been blamed for their incapability to management their supporters, main to the fracas thus endangering the lives of over 2000 patrons.
What is the situation of the law on the higher than carry out?
The subsequent are the perspectives of a non-public lawful practitioner, Samson Lardy Anyenini on the subject.
The law on arms and ammunition in Ghana punishes culprits with up to ¢12,000 and/or additionally up to five decades in jail for breaching conditions of your license.
The law, it would seem prohibits what transpired on Sunday.
It commands that a “person shall not, apart from in accordance with the conditions of a permit granted below this Act or with the prior composed consent of the Inspector-Typical of Police, publicly exhibit any arms or ammunition or discharge a firearm or any other weapon in a general public put.”
It punishes these acts of exhibiting and/or discharging all those devices in public with the sanctions I have stated or by imposing up to three years jail for the violation. This, of system, is when the court docket finds one guilty.
The weapon may possibly be seized and forfeited on the guidance of the interior minister. This is just for instruction.
I am also interested in realizing if the recognized VGMA protocol permits people fellas to have walked up the phase to congratulate a winner?
If the law enforcement were being halting Shatta and his workforce from accessing the stage, as described, and they forced their way up there, they could also be up for the offence of obstructing the police officers from executing their task.
This also appeals to up to three years in jail if a courtroom workouts the solution of a custodial sentence instead of a wonderful.
If they just take the watch that the conduct quantities to the prohibited riotous conduct and are thriving in proving identical in court docket, the accused is liable to up to 3 yrs in jail or may well be produced to shell out a good, indication a bond to be of excellent conduct and so forth.
The punishment depends on the gravity of the prohibited perform.
I have also sought to remind all of us that producing derogatory remarks about people with disabilities (PWD) for their disability is an offence punishable by a wonderful of up to ¢6000.00 and/or in addition up to 3 months in jail. Let’s consciously demonstrate them like simply because this tough life is excess tricky for them.