A tiny camp of journalists stayed a safe distance away from a sprawling camp of party activists.
This is the hearing of a contempt case brought against two Montie FM panelists, and a spectator host alleged to have spewed death threats against judges. They were not the only ones with questions to answer. The owners too were roped in for contempt.
Hours before the case was called at 10:40am, the court was packed inside, fanatics picketed outside.
When Nana Asante Bediatuo marched through the picketing crowd into the court room, the fanatics gave him a powerful stare of condescension that could be condensed into anger.
This is one of Nana Addo’s men who wants to replace the NDC government. God willing this will never happen, they held on to a righteous claim on the electoral seat.
This motley crowd was pretty much a sample size of a significant stratum of society. Gorgeously dressed women, shabbily dressed activists, pensioners, educated, not-so educated were all present chanting.
And there was a huge side attraction for the journalists and Mugabe fans alike.
A cursory walk up and down through the party activists left one in no doubt that the ugly side of fanaticism will not be cured by Supreme Court judgments.
Over there, the conviction that Mugabe is their hero, was obvious.
A Womens’ organizer of the party in the Amenfie area talked about her avid passion for Mugabe’s show. It was not enough for her to merely listen to him on the radio.
She felt an evangelistic obligation to spread the good news of acidic political rhetoric by Mugabe, one of which has landed him at the Apex court. So she mounts loud speakers in her house and blares the heated emotional spewing of hatred through the neighbourhood.
Her landlord has vowed not to renew her tenancy agreement. She is not bothered. Persecution for the Montie ‘gospel’ has a reward.
This is John Mahama and the NDC at stake, no sacrifice is too great. She said she wears JM T-shirt on Saturday and the MP’s T-shirt on Sunday. Love don’t cost a thing.
An old mother walked about shouting and making it clear Nsawam prison is not meant for animals. It is meant for human beings like Mugabe, Alister and co.
All this while inside the court Justice Sophia appeared furious as the trial was bogged down by delays. The lawyers for the contemnors argued they just received the summons – much to the surprise of the judges.
When the presiding judge adjourned the case to Monday, she warned that she would not entertain any further delay.
The party activists gawked at the journalists outside, waiting for any news of proceedings. They rushed to hear the outcome and when they heard that the case had been adjourned, the Supreme Court erupted into furious jubilation.
The crowd yearned to see any NDC leader emerge and so when Deputy National Propaganda Secretary Solomon Nkansah appeared at the Forecourt, they worshipped him. ‘Solomon, you are wise’ one said, he cashed in with a smile. But urged them to keep calm.
The hide and seek began as the crowd grew anxious to see ‘Mugabe’. A tip-off was that the contemnors were being ushered through another gate.
The tip-off sparked a furious, frenzied chase between media men and ‘Mugabe’s’ men – but of course for different reasons.
Hopes were dashed. For the photojournalists, there would be no picture for stories, for the activists, there would be a delayed mobbing of their latest hero.
With little to do, some activists turned to grant media interviews. Others were not so keen to be civil.
An orthopedic brace around the neck of a well grown woman did not stop her from issuing threats to a Kencity Media Group journalist.
She endured the threats quietly. The woman persisted and shoved her in the arm. The NDC activists were exceedingly peeved at Kennedy Agyapong for insulting ‘all women’ in his attack on the EC Chair.
A pensioner called the bluff of the judges and said the judges would have to cite all of them for contempt. Another began to insult judges but he was hurriedly restrained by onlookers. Please keep insulting Nana Addo but please leave the judges alone, an old man begged.
The NDC activists appeared pleased with the advice and told off the journalists that they were in Nana Addo’s pockets.
The central thrust of the NDC activists gathered here was that if the judges stood by and watched President Mahama being vilified excessively then where is their moral right to feel insulted by some panelists.
Forget the fact that President John Kufuor was also called a chief of thieves but how can President Mahama be insulted in the media yet judges expect to be spared?
It becomes pretty obvious that fanaticism is a half-wit argument mixed with a full bottle of red emotion.
Listening to the chanting activists, they demanded forgiveness for the Montie four like it was part of a citizen’s fundamental human rights.
And a woman told the media that she is confident that the NDC panelists would win the case ‘in the name of Jesus’.
All this while, one man had been restless and fired up among the activists. He wore a T-shirt that said ‘How to keep an Idiot busy’.
Why he chose this T-Shirt on a day when party activists were busy bracing the sun waiting to embrace Mugabe was lost on me.