We have been down this road before and it is not a very pretty sight, morally and intellectually speaking. I am talking about the outrageous journalist-threatening misbehavior of Mr. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the diarrheal-mouthed New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin-Central, in the Central Region, who, we learn, also serves as Chairman of the Defense and Interior committees of Parliament. Once again, Mr. Agyapong has been reported for calling for mob justice against a journalist whose quality of work or media reportage fare he happens to have little to absolutely no regard or sympathy for. My suggestion here is that Ken must be promptly banned from owning any media station or establishment for quite a considerable while, if not for the rest of his life, however long it takes. The man has simply become both a nuisance to himself and to the rest of the country at large. And, by the way, has the possibility of him being marked down for a thorough rubout or an assassination ever occurred to this self-infatuated egotist politician?
In the last of such criminally-minded calls, the life of Mr. Ahmed Hussein Suale, the close associate and employee of Mr. Anas Aremeyaw Anas, proprietor of the world-famous Tiger-Eye PI Company Limited, was literally and grisly snuffed out in a point-blank shooting incident in the Adenta-Madina township enclave of northeastern Accra. In that incident, the Assin-Dompem native vehemently denied any culpability and vociferously insisted that Mr. Suale’s death had rather been instigated or directly carried out by a Kumasi resident by the name of Mr. Ansu Gyeabuor, if memory serves yours truly accurately. Well, like Mr. Agyapong, Mr. Gyeabuor, who is widely believed to be a bona fide member and staunch operative of the ruling New Patriotic Party, has flatly denied any involvement in the slaying of Mr. Suale.
Quite naively, we tend to believe that all the killer-thugs on our national political landscape are all members of the main opposition National Democratic Congress. But the death of my own in-law, Mr. Lane Yeboah, in the Tema Municipal Assembly about a decade ago, turned out to have been carried out by elements among the ranks the New Patriotic Party who were the proteges of some of the most distinguished stalwarts of the latter political establishment. So, we need not fool ourselves into thinking and believing that the New Patriotic Party is composed of all the good and angelic ones, while all the satanic and devilish ones are safely and comfortably housed among the ranks of the leadership of the National Democratic Congress.
Indeed, as I critically remarked in the wake of the slaying of Mr. Suale, right here in the United States of America, the media mogul and proprietor of KenCity Communications Network would have been sued by the family members and relatives of Mr. Suale and handsomely fined as a deterrent by the justice of a legitimately constituted court of the land for flagrantly violating the civil rights of the late investigative journalist. If Mr. Agyapong had any forensically compelling evidence against the investigative work or the journalistic sleuthing fare of the Anas associate, the proper thing for Mr. Agyapong to have done in our civilized democratic society should have been to take the perceived mischief-maker to court, not to have him physically assaulted and/or maimed.
Anyway, in his latest verbal salvo, Mr. Agyapong is reported to have been referred by the Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Alban SK Bagbin, to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee (PPC) for the prompt and swift imposition of disciplinary sanctions, for allegedly calling for Mr. Erastus Asare Donkor, a Multimedia broadcast journalist with the Kumasi-based LUV-FM radio and television stations, to be brutally savaged in much the same way that he had done in the several weeks leading up to the horrific point-blank shooting death of Mr. Suale. So, really, there is clearly a pattern here from which the Parliamentary Privileges Committee respondent cannot easily extricate himself. And on the latter count may also be vividly recalled the fact that Mr. Asare Donkor had reported having personally sighted at least seven soldiers during the Ejura protest demonstrations in which at least two demonstrators lost their lives and several other demonstrators sustained varying degrees of injuries.
When he appeared before the Koomson Commission, charged with investigating the Ejura disturbances and making recommendations to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Mr. Asare Donkor is reported to have claimed sighting the seven aforementioned soldiers in the middle of the crowd of demonstrators, firing warning shots into the air shortly before discharging a fusillade of live munitions or bullets into the crowd and, in the process, leaving two people dead and at least four others wounded. Where this account becomes controversial or gets mired in dispute regards Mr. Asare Donkor’s report or assertion that the shooting by the seven soldiers, who had been specially called into action by Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, the Asante Regional Minister, had lasted for between 20 to 30 minutes.
Now, the preceding temporal duration of the shooting sharply raises questions of credibility, as it is highly likely that a shooting that took place among a largely unarmed crowd of civilian demonstrators and lasted for about a half-hour, or even 20 minutes, would have resulted in such an insignificantly low number of casualties of only two deaths and four wounded unarmed civilians. Very likely, a shooting taking that long with very powerful assault rifles would have resulted in the deaths of at least 50 to 100 demonstrators, unless, of course, the intervals between bouts of shootings had been extremely sporadic. Which pretty much explains why Mr. Agyapong would virulently accuse the reporters and administrators of the Multimedia Group of being vengefully on a mission to sabotaging the Akufo-Addo government of the New Patriotic Party, on the unconfirmed grounds that the present government, unlike the previous John “European Airbus Payola” Dramani Mahama regime, has ceased to significantly support the Multimedia Group and stables, presumably in the shape and form of advertising and other forms of corporate sponsorships (See “I Don’t Care If Parliament Expels Me – Ken Agyapong Blasts Suhuyini” Modernghana.com 7/16/21).
There is bound to be a great problem, if Mr. Agyapong’s alleged call for the physical savaging of Mr. Asare Donkor ends up the way of the barbaric slaying of Mr. Suale. It is also patently irrelevant whether Mr. Agyapong’s salary and perks as a Parliamentarian do not significantly factor into the mainstream of his income or budgetary expenditures. Nobody put a pistol or gun to his head and forced him to become a National Assembly Representative. I also don’t personally think and feel that the Tamale-North’s National Democratic Congress’ Member of Parliament, Mr. Alhassan Suhuyini, is prime parliamentary material. But this is totally irrelevant to the issue at hand. What matters right now is that Mr. Agyapong learns to conduct and comport himself with diplomatic poise and decorum, as required of a vintage gentleman of our august House of Parliament and not the veritable political nuisance that he sometimes appears to be making of himself.
I also have absolutely no doubt, whatsoever, that NDC political rascals like Mr. Suhuyini may very well be smack behind some of the violent anti-government protests raging around and across the country. But, of course, the most effective way of combating such criminal activities is for vanguard warriors like Mr. Agyapong to conduct themselves irreproachably and not recklessly slide into the sewer with the guttersnipe likes of Messrs. Suhuyini and Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, for just two striking examples. For, at the end of the day, Ghanaian voters would judge the leaderships of our two major political parties on the basis of relative performance and behavioral conduct, and not on the patently irrelevant fact of whether Mr. Agyapong believes that Mr. Suhuyini is a congenital cretin or an incurable idiot.
Mr. Agyapong would also do his own party and the rest of the nation great good by promptly and unreservedly exposing whatever secret anti-government agenda he “authoritatively” believes Mr. Kwasi Twum and his Multimedia Group may be harboring up their sleeves, and stop making his rampant and riotous periodic threats of exposing business rivals and political opponents, threats which never seem to materialize and thus cannot be seriously invested with any worthwhile modicum of credibility.
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
July 16, 2021
Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., Ph.D., © 2021