For Opening Mouth Loud
Functionaries of the New Patriotic Party and senior government officials have vow not to let Assin Central lawmaker, Kennedy Agyapong, getaway with his scathing corruption allegation against some leading members of the Akufo-Addo government as they have sworn to put him to strict proof.
Convinced that the self-acclaimed financier of the NPP has no evidence to prove allegations he made and currently, being investigated by the Ghana Police Service, kingpins of the governing party who have had enough of Kennedy Agyapong’s ranting are plotting to discredit and humiliate him.
Though those incensed with the foul mouth MP’s unprovoked attacks have long been scheming to ‘nail’ him, they are said to have found a window of opportunity in his recent corruption allegations against some government officials to prove to the world that “Ken is not somebody to be taken serious”.
Hon Kennedy Agyapong himself, The aL-hAJJ has gathered, has been complaining to close friends that some leading members of the NPP are plotting to destroy him “because of his style of politics.” He is said to have told an associate that the NPP has “set trap for him and he has fallen in it so they want to use it to end his political life.”
For the first time in the political life of Kennedy Agyapong, senior government officials have openly come out to controvert allegations he has been making, describing him as “liar”, “ignorant” and daring him to prove his allegations or forever remain silent.
The Assin Central MP, who had enjoyed unalloyed support from NPP members on all his corruption allegations against political opponents, had alleged that some officials at the Flag Staff House solicit as much as $20000 from investors who want to meet President Akufo-Addo.
He subsequently revealed that NPP bigwigs, who called on him to back down with his attacks on some government officials when he first raised the corruption alarm, came back to him to complain about similar incidence. “I was there and these same people called me back to tell me that they wanted to have access to the president and they were asked to pay $20,000 before a meeting can be arranged between them and the president, why should it be so,” Kennedy Agyapong maintained.
He was reported in the media to have also alleged that Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful disregarded a bid [he had interest in] for a contract to print NIA cards in favor of more expensive bidders who had paid her money.
This was before controversial musician and NPP activist, Kwame A-Plus accused Abu Jinapor and Francis Asenso Boakye, both deputy Chiefs of Staff, of corruption. Both Ken Agyapong and A-Plus have been invited by the police to provide proof for their allegations.
Following these allegations, Executive Secretary of the National identication Authority, Prof Ken Attafuah, and Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, have descended heavily on the Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong.
While describing the NPP financier as a liar, Prof Attafuah explained that the accusations of corruption by Mr Agyapong against Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, are also untrue.
“…NIA has not signed a contract, neither has the Akufo-Addo presidency or government signed a contract with Margins or any company whatsoever. The NIA has not opened a bid for the National ID project. It has not received any bids or submissions from any person, entity or body whatsoever. Kennedy Agyapong has not submitted any bid to the NIA in respect of the National ID project. NIA has not evaluated any bid from any quarters at all in connection with this matter,” he stated.
On her part, Mrs Ekuful described Kennedy Agyapong’s allegations as “patently false” and challenged her accuser [Mr. Agyapong] to come forward with the evidence that corroborates his “outlandish allegations.”
“The falsehoods are clearly born out of ignorance so it is important to clarify that the NIA is not an agency Ministry of Communications; that is why the directive was signed by the Chief of Staff in the office of the, President,” she added.
“A strong message needs to be sent out to those who deliberately disseminate disinformation. I look forward to a swift resolution of this matter,” she noted.
Social commentator, Casely Hayford has advised the Communications Minister to sue Assin Central MP over corruption claims leveled against her. “If Ursula believes that she’s been defamed by Ken Agyapong, she should sue him. If you [Ursula Owusu] are feeling bad about it and you do not like it, do not just issue a statement…,” he stated in Citi Fm.
Perhaps, sensing that his credibility is likely to wane as he has no evidence to back his corruption claims, Kennedy Agyapong has started backtracking on the allegations and instead, threatening not to cooperate with investigators.
According to him, nowhere has he ever stated that Francis Asenso Boakye, Abu Jinapor and Ursula Owusu are corrupt, challenging anyone who has a record of when and where he made such statements to come public.
“I have never given any evidence against Ursula that she has taken bribe or is corrupt; I have never given any evidence against Asenso or Abu Jinapor so who is saying this? If they police are not careful the way I will treat them they will regret. I believe the police are setting their own agenda because they were even asking me if I have any information on Abu. Nobody has invited me,” he stated.
Apparently, it was the Director of Communications at the Flagstaff House, Eugene Arhin, who first revealed in a statement that Kennedy Agyapong accused Ursula Owusu-Ekufful of corruption in awarding the NIA contract.
This, sources said, was deliberately done to hold Kennedy Agyapong’s feet to the fire of accountability in order to expose him and demean him in the eyes of the public since he has no evidence to substantiate any of his claims.