Arrest Criminals, Not "Just Wee Smokers" - Wanlov Speaks On Kwaw's Arrest

"So if the police are arresting him because it is harmful to himself, then that is a weak law." - Wanlov pleaded that the law which arrests people who smoke marijuana be amended.

One of the many artists who jumped onto #FreeKwawKese, a campaign initiated by Ghanaians on social media to call for the release of hiplife artiste Emmanuel Botchwey aka Kwaw Kese. Kwaw Kese was arrested on Saturday 22 November 2014 for allegedly smoking cannabis at Pub 2 in Kumasi.

In an interview with Abrantepa on University of Ghana's Radio Univers in Accra Wanlov speculated that the whole #FreeKwawKese was not the right way to tackle the issue. The artiste's fear revolves around the idea that putting the issue in the limelight might force the legal bodies to persecute the Kwaw Kese as a form of example to others.

"Right now I’m worried. I’m worried because I don’t know if I should have even started tweeting about it. I now feel that maybe I made a mistake. Its a mistake because the more light we give the issue, the more pressure the police will feel to prosecute him. The less attention on the issue, the less incline it will be for them to collect something to let him go."

The half of HipHop duo, FOKN Bois added that though he was not trying to promote the use of illegal drugs “there are certain things I don’t think people should go free for. If it is ‘wee’ they caught him for and it is the same thing I’ve known him for all these years, that is part of his nature which he has been using to entertain Ghana."

"To arrest somebody, he is not selling it to anybody, he is not dealing drugs and he is not doing anything harmful to anyone. If anything it is harmful to himself, that is if it is harmful and cigarette is more harmful than marijuana but people smoke it everyday."

"So if the police are arresting him because it is harmful to himself, then that is a weak law."

“If they find somebody who is a criminal and also smoke wee and they will want to prosecute that person then fine but just personal consumption of marijuana is not a reason to arrest him”.

Wanlov pleaded that the law which arrests people who smoke marijuana be amended.

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