The Accra High Court has ordered Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong to appear before the court on Friday, September 18, 2020, after the loudmouthed MP had apparently dodged his appearance in court today.
According to excuses from Mr. Agyapong’s lawyers, Mr. Agyapong was not personally served with the writ asking him to appear before the High Court on serious contempt charges.
The court has therefore issued a fresh order, saying the writ and the hearing notice will be posted “on conspicuous part of Net 2 TV and Oman FM stations, Hollywood Building”. These are media outfits owned by the embattled MP.
The refusal of Mr. Agyapong to appear before the court reinforces speculations that President Akufo Addo and the Jubilee House was pulling strings to let the lose-talking MP walk free.
Kennedy Agyapong was in court over a land dispute, however, while the case is still ongoing, he went on his Net 2 TV and started raining strong expletives at the judge sitting on the case, describing him as stupid and corrupt.
“You are a stupid judge. I will face you,” Ken Agyapong said on the programme.
This attack has drawn serious angst within the Ghanaian judiciary with a cross-section wanting him to be slapped a harsh jail term to deter others from feeding off the dangerous precedence.
“Your Lordship, that, Mr Agyapong’s conduct is graver in scope and impact than the infamous ‘Montie 3’. This is because of the influence he wields and the coverage of the channel on which he made these dangerous comments compared to the ‘Montie 3’ in these respects. A strong action against Mr. Kennedy Agyapong is necessary to establish the independence and authority of the courts and to deter persons in future from acting in an analogous manner,” Justice Issifu wrote in a petition that has since been copied to the President and the higher echelon of Ghana’s government.
Mahama Admits Shock In Infamous BBC Corruption Interview
Ex-President and flagbearer of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has finally admitted that how he goofed during the infamous 2016 BBC interview that cornered him about corruption under his regime.
In an interview on Accra-based Class FM, ex-President Mahama explained that the BBC’s Peter Okwoche had ambushed him with the “discourteous” question that sought to pin his administration to the raging allegations of corruption at the time.
“…of course it threw me off the cuff, it was a question about have you taken a bribe before? it caught me off guard I’ll tell you that. I answered it and try to clarify the question but he kept persisting and I said no I haven’t. Of course, people took advantage of that and made a lot of noise about it.”
In that interview, Peter Okoche pinned the ex-President down with a direct question on whether he had taken a Ford vehicle bribe he is being accused of or not. The ensuing embarrassing hesitation and stuttering from the ex-president sparked a storm in Ghana.
BBC’s Peter Okwoche, asked him directly if he has taken bribe, President Mahama responded, “You mean as President?” to which Peter Okoche pressed on: “As John Mahama,” he clarified. The follow-up response from ex-President Mahama turned up an awkward look on the face of the clearly fluttered John Mahama, who once more: “You mean as a human being?”
He later went on a winding explanation that did nothing to ease the intense speculations back home in Ghana. He said: “Any human being in the world would have encountered corruption one way or the other, either being offered a bribe or a bribe being demanded from you. What you need to do is to put yourself in a position to (resist it)…”
The mischievous Peter Okwoche was unrelenting and intent o an unrealistic hope of getting the ex-President to admit anything on international airwaves. Eventually, he blurted out: “no, I haven’t taken bribe before.”
In May 2020, a former Presidential Aide, Stan Dogbe in an Interview with Joy FM explained that Mr. Mahama was not supposed to have taken that interview with the BBC because neither him as the then-presidential aide on communications nor the then-Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah knew about that interview.
Apparently, the interview that became one of ex-President Mahama’s lowest points in the election year of 2016, was not part of the entourage’s itinerary on their trip to London.
It was basically an ambush by the BBC, Mr. Dogbe said.
“It’s one of the interviews that the President should not have. It’s because he did not go there for an interview In those moments, I tell you from my experience, the president doesn’t have to say much. A yes or no can damage the narrative you want to put out there,” Stan Dogbe revealed.