…Supports Sexist Ken Agyapong
The new Abuakwa North Member of Parliament (MP), Gifty Twum Ampofo, has shockingly joined Ursula G. Owusu-Ekuful, MP for Ablekuma West, and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) National Women’s Organizer, Otiko Djaba in support of Kennedy Agyapong’s “sex for job” comment against the Electoral Commission (EC) Chairman.
According to the woman, who succeeded the murdered Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, the wave of condemnation particularly by women groups of fellow lawmaker, Kennedy Agyapong’s sex-for-job allegation against the EC Chair, Mrs. Charlotte Osei, has been lopsided and picky.
Asked by Chief Jerry Forson, host of Accra100.5FM’s breakfast show, Ghana Yensom, about what she made of her fellow MP’s allegation against Mrs. Osei, Mrs. Twum Apofo said: “It’s a two-edged sword: has it been investigated to ascertain whether it is true or not, and secondly if it’s not true,
what could have made him make that allegation?
The NPP National Women’s Organizer, last week stood by the Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong, despite being widely condemned by women group.
Otiko Djaba in a Citi News interview, said the sexist claims are worth investigating, because the Honorable MP, could not have been peddling untruths.
“We need to focus on why he said it because he is not an ordinary person. He is a member of our legislature. He should not be condemned outright but we should find out if there is any merit in what he said or not…For the sake of our country, for the sake of democracy, for the sake of peace and transparency in the election. There is no smoke without fire and this Honorable man will not come and make that statement with no reason.”
The Assin Central lawmaker on Saturday June 25, during the campaign launch for Asokwa MP Patricia Appeagyei in Kumasi, said Mrs. Osei – then chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), who was appointed in June 2015 to replace long-serving EC chairman, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan – had been advised by some highly-placed persons in government to “bring your derriere in exchange for the EC Chair position”.
Mr. Agyapong, has been criticized by several persons, including the Media Foundation for West Africa’s Suleiman Braimah, and some parliamentarians for the comments.
She insisted “nobody is bothering to investigate the case to find out if it’s true or not, so that if it’s not true, we would tell Kennedy Agyapong to apologise to the EC boss, but all that is happening is that women coalitions are being formed against Mr. Agyapong”.
It is selective judgment. It is not good for Ghana’s growth. All the coalition groups, should be there for all women”, she said.
She citing examples of attacks on other prominent women such as the Chief Justice, the Denkyirahemaa, and a female traditional leader of Atebebubu, which, according to her, passed without a shred of condemnation by any of the same women’s groups and coalitions that flayed Mr. Agyapong for his attack on Mrs. Osei.
“So the coalition must stand for all women and not be selective, otherwise we will not move on as a country”.
Children, Gender, and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye Lithur, described the remark as regrettable, saying Ghanaian women, would not countenance personal attacks on women, who have committed to serve Ghana in public office. She said as a public officer, Mr. Agyapong should rather promote non-discrimination, respect for human dignity, and gender equality.
Also, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Hanna Tetteh said the “vicious attacks” were unfortunate, since Mrs Osei was a lawyer and professional capable of getting the EC Chair job on merit.
Council of state member Ama Benyiwa-Doe also joined the condemnation fray on Wednesday June 29 and accused the NPP lawmaker of never having any respect for women.
Additionally, the Executive Director of the Ark Foundation, a women’s right civil society organization, Angela Dwamena-Aboagye, urged the leadership of the NPP to find ways of counseling Mr. Agyapong.
Speaking in an interview with Prince Minkah, host of the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class 91.3FM on Wednesday, Mrs. Dwamena-Aboagye said: “I think it is most unfortunate, he should not have said things like that. It equals assassination of character, it is defamation, it is scandalous and should not be heard from a leader of a country. I think it is very wrong.”
Further, former Attorney General, Mrs. Betty Mould-Iddrisu, said in a statement that: “I am very happy to hear of the support from our various women rights advocates. I join the many voices of well-meaning Ghanaians to protect the values, ethics and culture of our heritage. Never again must women be subjected to such humiliation and ridicule. It is just enough! I have been a victim of this Kennedy Agyapong’s ‘hit’ speeches, but I survived.
I call on the August house of parliament to take appropriate steps to discipline such characters. Again the NPP must cleanse itself of such dirt to appear credible in the protection of women rights”.
The National Organiser of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Kofi Adams, also called on the flagbearer of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo, to call the NPP MP to order.
Also, a group known as Concerned Women of the Eastern Region on Thursday June 30, demonstrated through the principal streets of the regional capital, Koforidua, to register their anger against Mr. Agyapong for his comment.