Pro-NDC group calls on National Security to arrest Kennedy Agyapong

A pro-National Democratic Congress group has called for the immediate arrest of Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central Constituency Kennedy Ohene Agyapong by National Security over comments meant to incite a section of the youth to cause mayhem, the group claims.

A statement issued by Inside Ghana on Friday asked Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey – the three petitioners in the landmark suit before the Supreme Court over results of the 2012 Election – to immediately distance themselves from the statements made on Net 2 TV on Tuesday.

Below is the full statement:

As a matter of urgency Inside Ghana would like to call on the National Security outfit to arrest the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong for allegedly inciting his party’s youth to cause mayhem and shed blood in the streets. He was heard on his own channel, Net 2 TV network on Tuesday 16th April 2013, saying, “You the youth must defend yourself. Go out onto the streets and demonstrate; Look, the easiest death is for you the youth to go out there and die”

Inside Ghana has observed closely the smelly conduct of Hon. Kennedy Agyepong and would like to call on Nana Akufo-Addo and the 2 other petitioners, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumiah and Jake Obetsebi Lamptey as well as the New Patriotic Party hierarchy to distance themselves from the uncompromising war mongering statement made by their colleague.

This comment as a matter of fact is a serious statement that can drive the whole country into a state of higgledy piggledy. It would be recalled that before the 2012 general election, this same Kennedy Agyepong incited his party supporters to lynch police personnel, and annihilate Ewes and the Gas in the Ashanti region. His utterances and conduct are scatterbrained, capricious, reckless, irresponsible, vile and vicious and this is unacceptable in a democracy

Inside Ghana believes that the statement might have some underpinning element against the backdrop that other thoughtless and ill-considered statements from leading NPP members such as Ken Ofori Atta, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko and Sammy Awuku have all escaped the attention of the security apparatus of the State. But for Budu Koomson of Imani Ghana, who was invited for interrogation by the National Security outfit for his unsavoury comments, these persons have gotten away with their war mongering chants. We therefore charge the security outfit to as a matter of urgency arrest Kennedy Agyapong for further investigation.

Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP must demonstrate exemplary leadership by distancing themselves from such disastrous statements. We urge Nana Addo to come public and condemn this dishonourable act as a prove of his unflinching commitment to the democratization process.

As psychiatrists entreat the general public to voluntarily visit psychiatry hospital for tests, Inside Ghana would also recommend that such persons who have made such unguarded statements are advised by close relations to seek help from expert psychiatrists as the 2012 general election defeat could still be having a toll on some opposition members.

Inside Ghana would like to call on all Ghanaians to be circumspect in these times that the nation is about to chalk success as a pace setter in the democratic rule by virtue of the supreme court trial of the disputed 2012 general elections.



Group calls for the immediate arrest of NPP’s Sir John

Inside Ghana, a pressure group, is demanding the immediate arrest of the General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, for what it describes as “a disease of impunity which is rapidly gaining roots among some of our so-called political leaders”.

Inside Ghana says the pronouncements of the NPP General Secretary, popularly known as Sir John, in the aftermath of the motor accident involving the 2012 Vice Presidential Candidate of the NPP, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, make him a principal witness in police investigations.

“Against this backdrop, Inside Ghana is of the view that Mr Afriyie must be arrested now to aid the police with their investigations,” a statement jointly signed by George Spencer Quaye, convener, Eric Akomanyi, Secretary and Alex Doe, Operations Director, read.

They alleged that the NPP General Secretary has refused to release Dr Bawumia’s vehicle to the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service for investigations “with impunity”.

“This action is criminal as it violates the Road Traffic Act; Section 124. And by towing the vehicle without the prior notice of the Police, the General Secretary we believe could have tampered with evidence to ascertain the cause of the accident,” their statement indicated.

It added: “We are emboldened in our call when Mr Afriyie, is noted to have said on an Accra based radio station that he does not have any belief in the Ghana Police Service regarding this matter and has personally ensured that the mangled car was towed away from the accident scene. This action flies in the face of the traffic laws of Ghana and Mr Afriyie an acclaimed lawyer should have known better.”

They claim Sir John’s action is only to compromise police investigations, which they added could lead to the arrest of Dr Bawumia for “dangerous driving and face a possible fine of not more than 200 penalty points or 9months imprisonment or both.”

The three, who are known faces of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC) believe the arrest of Mr Afriyie will ensure sanity and discipline surrounding last Sunday’s accident on the Bole-Bamboi road.



Group petitions Speaker over Minority’s boycott actions

Pressure group Coalition of Ghanaian Voters has petitioned the Speaker of Parliament over the Minority’s decisions to boycott any government activity as a result of the court challenge of the Election 2012 results.

According to the Coalition, until a final verdict is given by the Supreme Court, President John Dramani Mahama should be given peace of mind to govern.

During a route march dubbed “Respect My Vote” on Tuesday, members of the Coalition denied reports it is a pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) group.

“If you look at the number of organizations and the personalities speaking, the likes of Akua Donkor [of the Ghana Freedom Party], Hassan Ayariga [of the People’s National Convention], Dr Henry Herbert Lartey [of the Great Consolidated Popular Party], Akwasi Odike Addai [of the United Front Party], Bernard Mornah [of the People’s National Convention], there is nobody that is here on political basis,” said Spokesperson of the Coalition Dr Clement Apaak.

“We have sent invitations to even the NPP and if they are here we will provide avenues for them to speak. What we don’t accept is for people to take liberties and try to abuse the Constitution by making pronouncements that are not within the context of the rule of law.”

“It is good that they (NPP) have gone to court and that is the final place for a final decision to be taken,” said one of the marchers, “but in between time we are expecting them to be tolerant in society.”

“President Mahama has been declared as the president so they should give him the peace of mind to govern the country until otherwise,” he added another.

Meanwhile, a close source to the Minority in Parliament has revealed that members have decided to boycott Thursday’s state of the nation’s address to be delivered by President Mahama.