A founding member of the NPP, Charles Wereko Brobbey had made aa passionate call to the President, H. E Nana Addo, whiles on Saturday's Joy News TV's Newsfile TV program, to also raise up his voice on the current trending issue of Hon. Kennedy Agyapong, who has launched an attack on the largest media organisation and senior journalist of the Multimedia Group, Erastus Asare, for his professional coverage of the Ejura unrest.
On the show, Dr Wereko-Brobbey explained that an official statement from the Presidency will distant the statesman from the distasteful utterances of the law-maker. “The MP said ‘if he [Kennedy Agyapong] was president…’ I think that should have been an opportunity for the President to say that “I am the President and I do not subscribe to what you are saying.”
On the whole, the reaction of the powers that be have been tepid. And I think it’s important for all of us, to sometimes put aside partisan interest and say that ‘this is wrong, patently wrong. But when we always send a signal that, there is a party position and another position, then I think, we are doing our democracy and our people a lot of wrongs,” he told host Lawyer Samson Lardy Anyenini.
Whereas many observers, including me, were expecting the "listening" President, to act as recommended, he has still been very silent on the matter. However, even damning are the facts that, in a secret recording released and going viral, as seen here at Facebook (VIDEO), apparently, the President is alleged to be an enabler himself, on such related attacks, sadly.
This is coming as a big surprise to many as Nana Addo, whiles a candidate, built a reputation for speaking on every matter ranging from economy, security and just name it, as he praised the works of Anas and other investigative journalists, such as Manasseh Azure, whose works were then exposing the past government, to his political advantage but since he assumed power, his reaction or that of his governments posture, has fast turned.
In a sighted Twitter post by outspoken journalist based in the USA, Kelvin Ekow Taylor, he exposes the President, when he posted that:
"Kennedy Agyapong caught on camera confessing that the president of Ghana @NAkufoAddo is in full support of his threat against journalist like @anasglobal and slain journalist Ahmed Suale. This confirms his recent attacks on @JoyNewsOnTV reporter Erastus Asare Donkor." @BBCAfrica
The video, which can be said to be genuine, with Kennedy Agyapong, siting and chatting with an unseen person, can at a point, be heard saying that "with the support of the President, Nana Addo," he added surprisingly "full support" and goes on to blast Kwaku Baako, as "he cant do anything"
The social media is on fire, as many bash the President with their posts, alleging dishonesty and hypocrisy, for instance.
Kwabena Dino writes "Vindication is in the womb of time"
Samuel Bryan Buabeng writes "Borla video"
Jake Fianu writes "Time will tell"
Patrick Walter Gbiel writes "But this one Ken can even say it public."
Raymond Lokko writes "Who videos the watchman"
George Ekegey writes "If we have police in this country, they would have put Kennedy Agyepong and locked him up forever. Unfortunately the police are all in a small pocket."
Kwesi Armah Agyekum writes "The president is in support. ok"
Citizen Nana Yaw writes "Eeeeeiiii so the presidency supports his nonsense."
Other reactions on Twitter have included the following:
@McVan_1 writes "President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has appointed Member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, as the new Board Chairman of the Ghana Gas Company Limited. @AnnanPerry He is rather going up oooooh."
It is worth noting that, renowned journalist, has always held the view that, Nana Addo, is not who he campaigned as, as according to him in November last year, he had classified the Akufo-Addo government as the most corrupt leadership Ghana has ever witnessed in the Fourth Republic.
Speaking at the 2020 Baah-Wiredu Memorial Lecture, he explained that the worst ranking of the former President, John Mahama’s administration on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception’s Index is better than President Akufo-Addo best ranking.
This, he said, is disappointing since, the Akufo-Addo government and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) won the 2016 election with a sustained anti-corruption campaign.
“I started my investigative Journalism in the John Mahama era, and by 2016, I was convinced that the John Mahama administration was the most corrupt administration in the Fourth Republic and perhaps in the history of our country. I said to some of my colleagues that, ‘no government could ever be, half as corrupt as the Mahama regime’ because of what I had personally experienced. It didn’t take long for the Akufo-Addo administration to show me how naïve I had been,” he had said.
Again, around the same time, the renowned CSO Leader in Ghana and co-founder and Executive Director of Afrobarometer, Prof. Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi had questioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s commitment to fighting corruption, following the forced retirement of immediate-past Auditor General, Daniel Yao Domelevo.
Mr. Gyimah-Boadi had said the recent development involving Mr. Domelevo only exposes the President’s lack of credibility in fighting corruption. “As for the President’s credibility in terms of anti-corruption, I am afraid to say it is in tatters. It has been in tatters for a while but this puts a nail in the coffin. I see Domelevo as a victim of well-orchestrated actions by individuals who are [government] officials and by state institutions,” he had said.
On March 2, a day before Mr. Domelevo was scheduled to return from his controversial forced leave, the Audit Service Board questioned his nationality and age, as the Board claimed Mr. Domelevo should have retired in 2020 and is Togolese.
Sadly however, the Presidency endorsed the retirement claims of the Audit Service Board and said it considered Mr. Domelevo retired and Mr. Gyimah-Boadi could not fathom why Domelevo had to suffer such a fate, having demonstrated a keen commitment to ending corruption.
“Mr. Domelevo was exercising proper constitutional and legal oversight and officials and institutions that Mr. Domelevo has sought to hold to account. The man was doing his best to protect the public purse to claim surcharges for improperly spent public funds. One who is trying to fight corruption is one who is being persecuted and hounded out of office,” he said then on The Point of View on Citi TV.
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