Former President John Mahama has said he is certain the closure of pro-opposition radio stations; Radio Gold and Radio XYZ,  politically motivated.

Speaking at the Oxford Saïd Business Centre, Mr. Mahama said; “There are more than 300 radio stations in Ghana. Why those two? Definitely, there were political reasons behind the closure of those stations and so it is unfortunate,”

The latest condemnation of the action by the National Communications Authority (NCA) adds to the mounting criticism over the decision to shut down Radio Gold and Radio XYZ.

The NCA said the two stations are among many radio stations operating without valid authorisation.

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The National Democratic Congress flagbearer stressed that the National Communications Authority (NCA) should have done its best to avoid closure of stations.

“The role of a regulator is to build, not to destroy. So if they haven’t renewed their licenses, it is your duty to remind them you haven’t renewed your licenses and eventually you must even give them notices and give them a deadline.”

If notice had been given, Mr. Mahama said the closures, which have been criticised by observers like the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), “would be understandable.”

Mr. Mahama also suggested that he expected better of the Akufo-Addo administration.

“The President has prided himself on being a human rights campaigner and I don’t think things like this should be happening under his watch,” he said.