Ken Kuranchie; Most Popular Ghanaian Prisoner

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Prisons Service, Courage Atsem believes Ghanaians are unnecessarily making a hero out of incarcerated Editor of the Daily Searchlight newspaper, Ken Kuranchie. According to him, incessant commentary on Ken Kuranchie’s jail sentence, particularly his continuous shuffling from prison to prison which has been described by some as "abnormal" and against his “human rights”, is only serving to make him (Kuranchie) “popular”. “Mr. Ken Kuranchie deserves the right to serve his sentence in peace and when he is due to be released, he will be released. What has happened is unfortunate and what we have succeeded in doing over the last few weeks is that, we have made Mr. Ken Kuranchie the most popular prisoner which is unfortunate. It is not fair to the man,” he lamented. Speaking to an Accra-based Adom FM, Mr. Atsem gave the assurance that the Daily Searchlight Editor is in safe custody “hale and hearty, he is happy where he is, he is comfortable where he is and he is safe…He (Ken) even attend church service last Sunday so he is fine.” Mr. Ken Kuranchie was sentenced to 10 days in prison by the Supreme Court hearing the ongoing 2012 Election Petition case for his criminal contemptuous publication. He was first sent to the Nsawam Medium Security Prison on Tuesday and later transferred to the Ho Central Prison on Wednesday. However, on Friday, there were reports that he had been moved from Ho Central to the Kete Krachi Prisons in the same Volta region. Officials of the Prison on Friday afternoon also prevented some members of the party from seeing him on the grounds that he had exceeded his quota of visitors. The prison authorities have also remained non-commital in providing information as to his present location claiming they are following due process and regulation. Authorities say the transfer of prisoners is guided by two principles- the security of the facility and the security of the prisoner.