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Who made Kennedy Agyapong that powerful & untouchable?

Hon. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong first appeared on the political scene very unknown in 2000. That was when he won the then Assin North Constituency of the Central Region to represent the constituents in the first New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration of the 4th Republic.

That was during the reign of former President, John Agyekum Kufuor. The Assin North Constituency has since been split into Assin North and Assin Central with Ken Agyapong representing the constituents of Assin Central.

Ironically, Ken Agyapong’s first public appearance was not on the floor of Parliament, but at the Ghana’s International Airport, where he virtually went into a brawl with top journalist, Ben Ephson.

Big Ben Ephson had waded into and attempted to settle an altercation the Assin Central MP has had with officials of the Ghana Airport. Ken Agyapong wouldn’t have anyone to intervene and therefore directed his anger at Ben Ephson, bragging and insinuating “do you know me?

Obviously irked at Agyapong’s robust bravado, Ben Ephson also retorted in same measure at the MP, before security personnel at the Airport intervened. The stand-off dominated media discussions for close to two weeks.

Since then, many of Ken Agyapong’s public utterances have followed similar lines; where he insults, threatens and boasts around without any restrain. Even in cases where he had threatened people, the law refuses to hear, see or to reprimand him.

That untouchable status has offered Ken Agyapong the impetus to even go beyond decency to insult a serving judge without action. The failure of the system to deal with such excesses has clearly defined his public space appearance: It’s continuous insults, threats, disrespect for authority, colleagues and political opponents.

The latest of Ken’s acerbic tirade is against JOY FM journalist, Erastus Asare Donkor, who according to the Assin Central MP, should have been beaten for “telling lies” in the just ended Ejura Commission of Inquiry that investigated the death of political activist, Mohammed Kaaka and the killing of some demonstrators thereafter.

He also insinuated that the owner of JOY FM, Kwasi Twum, once came to his office to complain that his (Kwasi Twum) staff claim they will continue to give government bad publicity, since the government has refused to take good care of them (JOY FM staff).

Ken Agyapong even insinuated that he once met staff of JOY FM led by Araba Koomson, the Joy News editor in the home of Gabby Otchere Darko, a leading member of the NPP and rhetorically questioned “what were they doing there?”

By inference, Ken Agyapong is suggesting that the Joy FM staff were in Gabby’s home to solicit for funds, obviously, to help shore up the dwindling image of the government. Joy FM has so far reported Ken Agyapong’s behaviour to the CID and the Ghana Journalists Association.

The umbrella media body is also not resting in picking up the issue reported by JOY FM and also acting on it right to intervene o n issues that border on press freedom. Other media stalwarts like Samson Lardi Ayeneni and Dr. Kenneth Ashigbey have also spoken in the strongest of terms against the behaviour of Ken Agyapong.

But how far will the involvement of the GJA and other well-meaning media personnel on the uncouth behaviour of Ken Agyapong get to? This is a man who claims he knows about the murder of investigative journalist, Ahmed Soale; and his colleague MP, J.B. Danquah Adu; yet no one is being bold enough to invite him to help with investigations.

Perhaps the heads of the various investigative bodies are scared of being added to the bunch of people in similar positions that Ken Agyapong has reduced too ordinary for the positions they occupy. They are thus acting with care, lest they also become victims of Ken’s nonchalant tirades.

He has even shown an utter disdain to John Mahama, the former president of the Republic, implicating him in a wicked lie that the former first gentleman has a child with a young Ghanaian actress out of wedlock, only to retract after the damage had been caused.

The clergy has had its own share of the Ken Agyapong intolerance. He has taken some of the country’s finest pastors like Mensah Otabil, Sam Korachie Ankrah, Agyin Asaares virtually to the cleaners while on his crusade against Pastors he considered to be charlatans.

Kennedy Agyapong has and continues to malign everyone, except himself. Some of his contentious comments border on contempt; defamatory, slander, character assassination etc; yet, he still carries on with the carved niche with impunity. Why?

This is because the system has simply failed to deal decisively with him; and so he is on the loose anytime he is instinctively directed to act. That is the kind of person almost every Ghanaian institution fears. Metaphorically, a "a robot walking monster" created and shaped by the State. Why should we create such, to devour us? 

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