Host of Taxi Driver show on Hitz FM popularly called Blakk Rasta has unreservedly apologised for his comment that 80 percent of MPs smoke marijuana.
“The utterances were unfortunate. They came on the spur of the moment. I was on heat,” Rasta told the Privileges Committee of Parliament in a live broadcast after he was summoned for ridiculing Parliament and bringing the name of the House into disrepute.
The radio show host, musician and an advocate for the use of marijuana said on Hitz FM entertainment show that 80 per cent of MPs smoke marijuana.
He did not understand why the MPs will not legalise the use of the herb.
The comment was subsequently published on Adomonline.com and Daily Searchlight newspaper. Adomonline.com later pulled the story down.
A Member of Parliament for Efigya Sekyere East Henrick Yeboah had read the report in the Searchlight and raised the issue on floor and requested that the musician be hauled before the House for slandering Parliament.
The Speaker agreed and ordered that Blakk Rasta appear before the Privileges Committee. A live hearing was held in Parliament, Thursday.
Rasta together with his lawyer Thaddeus Sory, the Hitz FM Programmes Coordinator Mark Okraku Mantey, the George Imbeah HR Manager of Multimedia who represented the CEO and the Editor of Searchlight newspaper Ken Kuranchie all appeared before the Privileges Committee.
After Ken Kuranchie was interrogated on why he published the comment he claimed to have culled from Adomonline.com, the controversial recording of the interview was played.
After listening to the audio the lawyer for the principal witness was asked to comment.
Thaddeus Sory quickly laid the foundation for an apology when he represented his client.
He said “there was no way we could justify the comments” made on the Hitz FM entertainment show.
“We have become wise after the fact and have learnt from this,” he indicated.
The Deputy Speaker Ebo Barton Odro wanted to hear the apology from the main witness and called him into the ‘dock’.
Blakk Rasta told the MPs his comments were in bad taste and must be forgiven.
When asked if he stood by his crusade for the use of wee to be legalised, Blakk Rasta said yes. Legalising the use of wee was the way to go.
“I feel passionate about it,” he said adding, the legalisation of wee could help boost the country’s wobbling economy.
The witness was then pounded with a number of questions from the MPs but was discharged.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Ebo Barton Odro said the Privileges Committee will sit and review the issue and come out later with a decision.