I struggled before asking Akufo-Addo a question – Kwesi Pratt

I struggled before asking Akufo-Addo a question – Kwesi Pratt

- Kwesi Pratt is alleging he was deeply 'frustrated' at the President's recent meet the press

- He says he is not sure if he was being prevented from asking the president his question

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The Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr. has disclosed that he was frustrated at the recently held Meet the Press encounter at the Flagstaff house.

A man stands to ask a question in the midst of a group

Kwesi Pratt, journalist

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According to the Editor-in-Chief, although he doesn’t believe it was a calculated attempt to stop him from asking the president a question, he finally succeeded in posing his question.

Speaking on Accra-based Radio Gold, Kwesi Pratt narrated that he was the first person to raise his hands when the floor was opened, but the moderator of the section skipped him.

He said this went on several times until President Akufo-Addo himself made intervention for him.

Mr Pratt in his interaction revealed that though he saw the president ready and willing to answer every question, he cannot say the attempt was to frustrate him from asking his question.

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“I was the first person to put up my hand; it’s possible the minister did not see me…anytime I put up my hand so forcefully, the minister came and said this is the time we want gender balance so it has to be a woman and of cause not being a woman I didn’t have the chance,” Kwesi Pratt said.

The veteran journalist added that it could be possible the minister who moderated the programme wanted to genuinely achieve that balance, however he deeply got frustrated.

“And then he will come up again and say now we’ve had one or two newspapers so let’s have radio, because I wasn’t with radio, I didn’t have the chance and so on and I was getting deeply frustrated until the President made an intervention which led to my being given the microphone; that for me is an indication the President was willing to listen to everybody,” Mr Pratt said.

Meanwhile, some journalists who were invited to the Flagstaff house for the event have come under heavy criticisms for posing what some have described as sub-standard questions to the president.

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