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Monday, July 27, 2009

Kennedy Agyepong In Trouble

As P. C. Appia Ofori’s Challenge Revives Ato Ahwoi’s Cocaine Allegation Against Him

New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) Kennedy Agyepong has found himself in all kinds of troubles in the past few days simply because the NPP guru cannot keep his mouth shut for a minute.

The latest to shoot Kennedy Agyepong down is his colleague NPP MP for Asikuma-Odoben and anti corruption crusader, Hon P. C. Appiah Ofori who has cast doubts over the source of the Assin North MP’s much-bragged-about wealth and dared him to show proof of his tax obligations.

A few years ago, no mean a personality than Mr Ato Ahwoi made a damning allegation against Kennedy Agyepong, accusing him of being a cocaine dealer and dared the Assin North MP to go to court if he was man enough and believed he was innocent. This was before the then NPP MP for Nkoranza North, Eric Amoateng was busted in the US for drug trafficking and subsequently tried and jailed. Mr Ato Ahwoi’s challenge to Kennedy Agyepong, which the Ken City Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is yet to take up, has since left a dark cloud hanging over the source of his much-bragged-about wealth. Several years on, the people of Ghana have been waiting with bated breadth for Kennedy Agyepong to brace the storm and go to court to demand proof from Mr Ato Ahwoi regarding the devastating claim made against him.

Hon P. C. Appiah Ofori has also thrown a challenge to Kennedy Agyepong demanding that the NPP MP discloses the source of his much touted wealth and show proof of payments of tax accordingly.

The Asikuma-Odoben-Abrakwa MP threw the challenge to his colleague in the wake of the raging storm within the NPP between the anti-corruption crusader and his party following an allegation made by him that his colleague NPP MPs took a $50,000 dollar bribe each in order to vote in favour of the controversial Vodafone deal in Parliament in 2006.

This was at the time the Ghana government under NPP administration sold majority 70% shares in the then wholly government owned Ghana Telecom to Vodafone. Kennedy Agyepong who was one of the NPP MPs in Parliament during the debate leading to the sealing of the deal decided to go for the kill against Hon P. C. Appiah Ofori. But that appears to have backfired. The anti-corruption crusader has hit back with the damning challenge to his tough-talking and incessant personal-wealth-brag-about colleague.

It remains to be seen whether Hon Kennedy Agyepong is now prepared to first, go to court to clear his name from Mr Ato Ahwoi’s cocaine dealing allegation against him and also, if he is prepared to take up the challenge thrown to him by Hon P. C. Appiah Ofori and disclose the source of his much-bragged-about wealth with corresponding proof of fulfilment of his tax obligations in order to prove his critics wrong.

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