The Arrest of Ken Agyapong and the state of Ghana

Tue, 17 Apr 2012 Source: Owusu-Gyamfi, Clifford

Mr. Agyapong, Member of Parliament for Assin North, was arrested on Monday 16th April 2012 for charges of treasonable genocidal comments according to police terms. The statement which led to the arrest of Mr. Agyapong reads like this, “I said this in Mantse Agbona, if you dress up anybody in fake security outfit and present him, we will lynch him. This is war and I am telling Gbvelo Lartey that the war starts from now. Yes! I declare war today."

For a fact the statement above are strong words which needn’t to be uttered on such an influential radio like Oman FM. It’s a declaration of war which threatens the peace of Ghana. But in intellectual considerations, Mr. Agyapong’s obsession and comment are justifiable based on preceding cases which have been neglected by the Ghana police.

Beginning this year, Ghanaians have witnessed a lot of nonsense from politicians. From Nana Addo Danquah’s All-die-be-die slogan to the government himself who openly said that, whoever will threaten the peace of this country will not live to see the day’s light. Many ministers and MP’s from both NDC and NPP have passed the so-called treasonable genocidal comments but nothing was done by the police force. I also remember that Anyidoho said he will send Nana Addo Danquah to the land of his forefathers. The high court was putrefied by cocaine turning into caustic powder and the famous Wayome’s gargantuan scandal. These and many fishy events have polluted the virtue of the country. In the silence of this imperfect state, what should one expect? People will begin to seek justice by their own power. What kind of leadership do we have in Ghana? The arrest should have begun long time ago. I do hereby condemn the IGP and whoever is behind the arrest of Mr. Agyapong as a blinded execution of duty, premeditated conspiracy and bias criminal injustice against the MP. People are being butchered and chased for exercising their citizen rights to register and the police are aloof. Mr. Lamptey is causing panic in Odododiodio constituency yet no action is taken against him. What kind of unprofessional and shameful execution of duty is that?

Oh Ghana! Am really disappointed in Ghana. Am really sad for the nation that brought me up to this far. We are being led by machines without a sense of self dignity, justice and remorse of wrong acts. I have only two wishes, either Jesus comes and destroy these insincere men or God should raise a savior for Ghana. In fact Ghana needs a savior.

Clifford Owusu-Gyamfi

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Columnist: Owusu-Gyamfi, Clifford