… Accuses Him Of Discriminating Against Central Region In His Appointment Of Persons For Public Office
The ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP)’s firebrand Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, has decried what he implies to be President Akufo-Addo’s discrimination against the Central Region in an Animal Farm-like appointment of ambassadors.
Mr. Agyapong, known for his plain-talking, has pointed out, how, of a large number of ambassadors and diplomats that the President has appointed, not even a single one of them is from the Central Region.
This, he says, is a treatment that sort of ignores the Central Region and its inhabitants as inconsequential nonentities, adding that the President’s behavior gives off the vibe that, touch wood, people in the Central Region are animals.
“At least, these ambassadorial appointments are not beyond the Central Region. You people are sitting here grinning and smiling. He (President Akufo-Addo) has appointed ambassadors from the whole Ghana, not even a single one came out of Central Region. As if we are not human beings!” Mr. Agyapong made the complaint at a party programme held for the Central Regional Delegates on Sunday.
A video of the speech has since gone viral on social media with many concurring that President Akufo-Addo is really acting in prose after promising in poetry while in opposition.
Among the many ambassadors that the President has appointed so far are his ex-girlfriends and baby mamas. In a distended government that unbelievably includes 110 ministers, Nana Akufo-Addo has even appointed the PNC’s 2016 flagbearer, Edward Nasigre Mahama, as Ambassador-at-Large.
The President has also made history as the first President who has appointed more family members into his government than any other leader in Ghana’s history.
Important appointees, including the Finance Minister, Attorney General, IGP and Executive Secretary to the Presidency, are all siblings of the President.
The family affair even extends to the Judiciary where he has also appointed his half-sister as Chief Justice.
But as Ken Agyapong points out, the whole of the Central Region does not have a single ambassadorial appointment, while the President’s family alone controls up to 20% of appointments.
Mr. Agyapong pointed out that the shabby treatment of the Central Region is bad because the electoral victory that brought the NPP into power was largely the doing of the Central Region, which had voted massively for the NPP.
“The party intends to hold its National Delegates Conference in the Central Region just because of the role the region played in the victory of the NPP. I think as they are sharing, you yourselves have seen. The bitter truth that needs to be told for the party to stand firm, let us not be afraid of speaking them, let’s speak to them,” he said in his trademark Twi.
Mr. Agyapong revealed that in the Animal Farm-like appointments under Akufo-Addo, MPs from the Central Region are even finding it difficult to get appointments on to Boards even though this President has his girlfriends and baby mamas fixed in ambassadorial jobs.
“Ask these MPs sitting here. They came to collect their names with the understanding that they are to be placed on Boards, the MPs themselves are here, let them speak for themselves. When you wake up you come to the MP and say you have been left out, he himself has been left out.”
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels