Academics’ association denies supporting calls for a coup

The University of Ghana branch of the University Teachers Association of Ghana has issued a press release to emphasise that it does not support a coup in Ghana, writes Eric Nana Yaw Kwafo for Modern Ghana. The release has been issued after Minister for National Security Albert Kan-Dapaah accused members of academia, civil society organisations and the media of coup-mongering comments.

Speaking at a conference on the Impact of Disinformation on Electoral Integrity, Peace and Security in Africa, the minister said following the recent coup in Niger he had observed how “certain individuals in academia, civil society and the media have been propagating false narratives in support of a coup or military rule”.

Having its members in academia, the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UG-UTAG) in its release said it takes exception to the allegation and condemns it in no uncertain terms. “We do not support any individual or groups calling for a coup in Ghana. But at the same time, we won’t be gagged from speaking our minds forcefully on all important national issues. We would fiercely resist any attempt, including political commentary, that has the potency to usher us into the dark days of culture of silence,” part of the UG-UTAG release said.
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