Days after the imprisonment of panelists of Montie FM, President Mahama has come under pressure to free all jailed panelists using his presidential pardon under article 72 of the 1992 constitution. But following the recent political debate, it remains certain that the president may not heed to the pressure considering these factors;
1. Interference with Judicial independence:
Ghana's judiciary remains one of the arms of government. By this, should Mahama execute his presidential pardon, he may be limiting the powers of the judiciary considering the charge by the panelists to kill the Chief Justice.
2. Campaign backlash:
No president, during an election year, would risk taking a decision as this. Come to think of it, these panelists were charged with a criminal offense so that Mahama pardoning them could be just another campaign slogan against him come the December elections.
3. Party politics:
Oh yea! the question of why Mahama is so interested in freeing NDC officials from prison could well be a major reason why the president's hands are tied to his back. Partisan politics should never be the hallmark of Mahama. If it is, then he sure may be preparing for a massive loss ahead of the elections.
4. Priority and preference:
President Mahama has got a lot of things to do! Teachers are threatening to strike, dumsor getting worse by the day, terrorism, the slow growth of the economy, graduate unemployment, the list goes on and on. A mere pardon of "reckless" panelists could be the last thing on his mind now.