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Kennedy Agyapong

Kennedy Agyapong

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Kennedy Ohene Agyapong is a Ghanaian politician and businessman who represents Assin Central in parliament for the New Patriotic Party.[2] He was first elected a member of parliament in 2000 to the seat of Assin North.[3] He retained his seat in the 2004[4] and 2008 parliamenary elections.[5] In 2012 he was elected in the new seat of Assin Central and was re-elected in 2016. He also retained his seat in the 2020 general elections.[6]

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Early life and education[edit]

Ohene Agyapong was born in Assin Dompim in the Central Region of Ghana. He had his secondary education at Adisadel College in the Central Region.[7] Agyapong holds a GCE A Level and studied in the Fordham University, New York, USA.[7] He is a farmer and businessman, director of Assin Farms, Supercare Group of Companies and Hollywood Shopping Centre.[7] He is married with 22 children.[7]

Politics[edit]

Kennedy Agyapong still remains one of the politicians who have never lost election. His intellectual work in the 2016 elections resulted in the victory of Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo- Addo. He also contributed immensely to the victory of most NPP parliamentary candidates- such as K.T Hammond and many more.

Kennedy Agyapong chairs the Communication Committee in Parliament, under the current presidency of Nana Akufo-Addo.

Agyapong has vowed[8] to commit suicide if former President John Mahama‘s brother, Ibrahim, is not jailed by the Akufo-Addo government for some corrupt activities which, according to Agyapong, have led to the state losing money. One example he claimed, was the defaulting of payment of taxes by Ibrahim Mahama for more than a year period when his brother was President of the Republic of Ghana. Agyapong’s personal campaign on the issue to bring it to media attention led to the investigation of Ibrahim Mahama and subsequent agreement of Ibrahim Mahama to pay the said taxes. This action earned Kennedy Agyapong praises from a wide section of Ghanaians.[9]

Agyapong’s indirect attack on the Electoral Commissioner of Ghana Charlotte Osei for, he alleged, trading sex for her position as the Electoral Commissioner (EC) boss brought upon him criticisms from various leaders including Queen mothers and human rights activists as well as other members of parliament.[10] In 2018, following the arrest of Ghana Football Association president Kwasi Nyantakyi, he said that anti-corruption investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas should be stopped before he started investigating people in their “bedrooms whilst asleep”.[11] He has repeatedly threatened Anas and was condemned internationally by the Committee to Protect Journalists [12] and Reporters Without Borders [13] he stated that Anas’ methods were ‘unfair’. Speaking live on Adom FM on 4 June 2018, he called Anas “a blackmailer, an extortionist”, mimed his throat being cut and said he should be “hanged.” [14] He also called for “retribution” against Anas’ fellow reporter, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, saying “If he comes here, beat him… Whatever happens, I’ll pay.” Hussein-Suale was subsequently assassinated.[15][16]

In July 2018, he was cross examined for contempt of Parliament.[17]

He is believed to be the first Ghanaian individual to own an ¢8 million Rolls Royce,[18] and is believed to also own a private jet, sparking calls for an investigation from the Customs Excise and Preventive Service into his wealth.[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Member of Parliament: Hon. Ken Ohene Aygapong”Parliament of Ghana. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  2. ^ “I don’t fear for my life, ‘all die be die’ – Kennedy Agyapong – MyJoyOnline.com”. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  3. ^ “REPUBLIC OF GHANA – LEGISLATIVE ELECTION OF 7 DECEMBER 2000”Adam Carr’s Election Archives. Adam Carr. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  4. ^ “Electoral Commission of Ghana – Parliamentary Election Results – Date of Election:- Tuesday, 7th December 2004” (PDF). Electoral Commission of Ghana. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 January 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  5. ^ “Electoral Commission of Ghana – Parliamentary Election Results – Date of Election:- Sunday, 7th December 2008” (PDF). Electoral Commission of Ghana. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  6. ^ “Assin Central: Kennedy Agyapong retains seat, gets sixth term as MP”Graphic Online. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  7. Jump up to:a b c d “Ghana MPs – MP Details – Agyapong Ohene Ken”www.ghanamps.com. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  8. ^ Ayumu, Patrick. “I’ll drink poison if Ibrahim Mahama isn’t jailed: Agyapong”www.classfmonline.com. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  9. ^ “I will poison myself if Ibrahim Mahama is not jailed – Ken Agyapong”www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  10. ^ “Queen mothers petition parliament over Ken Agyapong – GhanaPoliticsOnline”ghanapoliticsonline.com. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  11. ^ “Let’s stop Anas before he gets into our bedrooms – Kennedy Agyapong pleads”GhanaWeb. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  12. ^ Avenue, Committee to Protect Journalists 330 7th; York, 11th Floor New; Ny 10001. “In Ghana, investigative film crew faces death threats, harassment”cpj.org. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  13. ^ “Death threats against well-known Ghanaian investigative journalist – Reporters without borders”RSF. 6 June 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  14. ^ joe Quaye. “Full Interview of Kennedy Agyapong on Anas on Adom FM”. Retrieved 17 January 2019 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ “Football bribes investigator shot dead”BBC News. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  16. ^ “You can’t silence me – Anas reacts to the killing of his partner at Madina”www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  17. ^ “Kennedy Agyapong’s ‘useless parliament’ contempt hearing set for July 3”www.myjoyonline.com. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  18. ^ “Kennedy Agyapong buys ¢8bn Rolls Royce”www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 6 August2017.
  19. ^ “Photos Of Kennedy Agyapong’s Rolls Royce And ‘Rumoured’ Private jet”ghanavibes.com. Retrieved 6 August 2017.

19.ʌ “Kennedy Agyapong admits that he almost died last month. legitloaded.com. Retrieved 21 July 2020.

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