President of the Music Council of Ghana, Mr. Lester Ekow Micah, has added his voice to the ongoing Kwaw Kesse alleged wee smoking saga – says: “We smoking is a Constitutional right so Kwaw has every right to smoke it”
Emmanuel Botchwey popularly known as Kwaw Kesse or Abodam was arrested around 1:30am, Saturday at a wine shop close to plus Two Pub at Nhyiaseo, a suburb of Kumasi, publicly smoking cannabis.
Per Ghana’s narcotic laws, if an individual is caught in the possession of wee or marijuana without lawful authority or excuse, that person commits an offence – as stipulated in the Narcotic Drugs (Control, and Enforcement, and Sanctions) Law 1990.
Section 5 of the Law deals with usage – smoking, sniffing or administering it into the body or into another person. If you do so without lawful authority and you are caught, by the law, you will suffer a minimum of five years imprisonment.
However, President of Music Council of Ghana MCG, Mr. Lester Ekow Micah, begs to differ. According to Ekow Micah: “We are elderly people. We are not aliens in our own country! I will be seated somewhere doing my thing (smoking wee) without bothering anyone but the police will just pounce on you and chase you as if you are a thief! Meanwhile you are not a thief! It’s very bad!”
“It is not illegal! It is our Constitutional right and our human right!” he emphasized. He further justified that “no human being has the right to stop someone from doing his wholehearted wishes as far as it is not wrong!
“If I buy my wee, roll it and smoke it, does it pierce into another person’s skin? So what is your problem?” asked if he presently smokes wee, he stated temerariously: “Of course yes! I smoke! I will not hide it from anyone! I smoke the wee! From the days when I recorded “Mesiwohemaa” which you people has danced to all these years till now.”
“I am a pure believer and a pure participator of marijuana! I smoke ganja! I will not hide away!” In an interview with GHbase.com, Mr. Ekow said the police should free Kwaw Kesse because even Chris Brown came to Ghana to smoke but the latter was not arrested and prosecuted.
“He has every right to smoke wee! By smoking wee did he hurt another person? What is criminal about he smoking wee? They should free Kwaw immediately! This harassment has to end else we are not practicing democracy but autocracy” he told GHbase.com.
The latest development on the case has it that, it was heard by the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Circuit Court on Monday, 24th Nov, 2014. The court, presided over by Judge William Boampong remanded him to reappear on December 8 after persecutors argued that they were still investigating the matter.
The self-styled King of the Streets was put before court and formally charged with using narcotic drug without lawful authority. I you have a prayer, say one for Kwaw Kesse. Until then….MOTWUM!!