Kenneth Agyei Kuranchie, Editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper has been released from prison.
According to him, he was released at around 5:30am without the welcoming of his family members.
Speaking in an interview with Kwami Sefa-Kayi on Peace FM’s premium morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Ken Kuranchie said the prison officials took him to his office at Pig Farm in Accra upon his request.
“I was told I am being released by the Prison officers and that they were taking me home but I told them I had a few things to do…I asked them to take me to the office and I thank them for the transportation” he said.
He was denied access to make a telephone call to his family members when he was being released.
According to him, he was able to make a call to his family members when he got to his office at Pig Farm, a suburb in Accra
Explaining his ordeal especially when he was being moved from one prison to the other, he told Kwami Sefa-Kayi that it was frightening at the beginning.
“It is not comfortable moving around especially if it is not at your will but I think it is in the past and so I will concentrate on the future…when we got to the cells, there was a very good welcome from the boys there and after bathing they took me to my cell and I started sleeping. Later they told us they were taking us to a safer place…no proper reason was ascribed to the decision to move me apart from security”.
He indicated that there is a lot to be done about the prison system in the country because the condition of the inmates is not humane.
“I think it has been a valuable experience. I was offered the option to pay and spare myself going to prison, I would have begged people to pay and avoid the experience. Now that I have been there and back, I think one should pray for the opportunity of visiting places like that…there is no available space; the condition is worse than slavery…” he added.
Ken Kuranchie was found guilty of criminal contempt by the Supreme Court and sentenced to ten days imprisonment for publishing an editorial deemed as contemptuous.
He was subsequently jailed along with a member of the Communication Team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Stephen Atubiga; also for contempt.