Sunyani chiefs impose GH₵1,500.00 fine on evangelist

The Judicial Committee of the Sunyani Traditional Council (STC), has imposed a GH₵1, 500.00 fine on Evangelist Wofa Atta, an itinerant and street side preacher, in the Sunyani municipality, for gross misconduct and disrespectful attitude towards the chiefs.

In addition, the committee, jointly presided by Nana Kwaku Sarbeng, the Akuamuhene and Nana Boadi Akrofa II, the Adontenhene respectively of the Sunyani traditional area, asked the evangelist to present a ram and two bottles of schnapps as part of the sanction.

Evangelist Atta was said to have defied the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) protocol by preaching on the street without wearing nose masks, and he was subsequently summoned to appear before the committee, but failed to do so.

But at its hearing, the committee banned the evangelist from undertaking any religious activity within the STC’s jurisdiction.

In a related development, the committee also imposed GH₵200 fine Madam Ataa Afia, a foodstuff dealer in the municipality, for selling at an unauthorised place in the municipality.

Meanwhile, Superintendent Haruna Alhassan, Commander of the Sunyani COVID-19 prevention taskforce, lauded the committee’s decisions, which according to him would greatly serve as a deterrent to others.

He told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the taskforce had intensified its operations, and would arrest and prosecute people and organisations which would defy the COVID-19 protocol.   GNA

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