Kennedy Agyapong Told To Apologize

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….Nana Akomea Reveals

Communications Director of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akomea, has revealed the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, has been advised by the party to apologize to the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC) for his sexually disparaging comments against her.

He said the party, did not only see the comment as “unfortunate” but also found it “regrettable,” hence the decision to have Kennedy Agyapong apologize.

“The party has engaged him [Mr. Agyapong] in the matter and the party has urged him to do the honourable thing,” he told Sampson Anyenini Lardi, host of Joy FM/MultiTV news analysis programme, Newsfile last Saturday.

Mr. Agyapong, while addressing some NPP faithful in Kumasi, accused the EC Chair, Charlotte Osei of trading sex for her position.

The comment triggered severe backlash from leading female politicians, religious groups, gender activists, traditional rulers among others. Some
even called on parliament to have the loudmouth NPP MP punished.

A demonstration was also organised by some women against his sex-for-job comment.

Executive Director of the Ark Foundation, Angela Dwamena Aboagye, described the comment made by the MP as “unacceptable.”

She believes this cast doubts on how Mr. Agyapong was able to become a Member of Parliament.

Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide, Kweku Baako, was convinced the MP’s comment, denigrate both Parliament and the NPP as a whole, and said
“it is not good PR or Public image for the party, which Kennedy Agyapong belongs to.”

The MP’s party, the NPP, also came under severe attack with some persons accusing the flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo of countenancing the behavior of Mr. Agyapong.

Weeks later, the MP, said his comment was a mere joke, adding he said he was not expecting the media to hype it as it was done.

Mr. Akomea disclosed that the NPP equally reprimanded the MP contrary to what is believed by some sections of Ghanaians.“There is no doubt this comment against women is terribly unfortunate,” he said.

He, however, believes the latest reaction of Mr. Agyapong, regarding the comment means, he has regretted, but added “I wish he would have done the honourable thing to apologise.”

Mr. Akomea, stated that the constant attack on women in the country cuts across political divides, adding, it is about time something was done about it.

A lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) Business School, Dr. Jemima Nunoo, could not comprehend why; the MP would brush his comment as a joke.

“Some jokes are too expensive,” she said, adding, the MP should have known better that his irresponsible comment was an attack on meritocracy in the Ghanaian society.

He believes the manner persons attribute the rise of women in the society to everything, but on grounds of merit, should be discouraged immediately.

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