Kennedy Agyapong To Be Arrested Over Threat Against Anas
The General Legal Council (GLC) have threatened to arrest member of parliament of Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong if he tries to unmask undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Drama unfolded at the General Legal Council (GLC) premises Thursday, following a threat by Kennedy Agyapong to remove the mask of Anas Aremeyaw Anas while both parties left the GLC building.
The panel, obviously unhappy about the comment by the Assin Central Parliamentarian, told him that if he dares touch Anas or any of his team members’ mask, they would have him arrested and charged for assault.
Kennedy Agyapong left the GLC angry and complained to the panel that they did not show respect to him. Meanwhile, the MP has not publicly commented on the issue.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas, better known as Anas, is a Ghanaian investigative journalist born in the late 1970s. Anas’s motto is “name, shame and jail”, and he is famous for utilizing his anonymity as a tool in his investigative arsenal; very few people had seen his face until an “unmasking” during a BBC interview in November 2015 — and this was a prosthetic. A politically non-aligned multimedia journalist who specializes in print media and documentary, Anas focuses on issues of human rights and anti-corruption in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong is a Ghanaian politician and businessman who represents Assin Central in parliament for the New Patriotic Party. He was first elected a member of parliament in 2000 to the seat of Assin North. He retained his seat in the 2004 and 2008 parliamenary elections. In 2012 he was elected in the new seat of Assin Central and was re-elected in 2016.
Recall that the MP, in July 2018, dragged the undercover journalist to the GLC, claiming that Anas misconducted himself professionally as a lawyer in a manner that bordered on “moral turpitude.”
The complaint letter dated July 5, 2018, and addressed to the Chairperson of the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council, asked that disciplinary action be taken against Anas as a lawyer. According to the MP, Anas and a Chief State Attorney, Ms Ellen Kwawukume, connived to cause a fraud case to be dismissed.
He alleged that Anas’ style of investigations, which he described as “entrapping people” should not be countenanced.
This is not the first time Anas has bloodied the MP. Anas, for his part, has dragged Mr Agyapong to court for defaming him and is asking the High Court to award aggravated damages to the tune of GH¢25 million arising from defamatory materials published by the MP.
A sports journalist, Listowell Yesu Bukarson, has been granted the lawful attorney to stand in for Anas. In another breath, Ms. Kwawukume, who is currently on retirement, has also sued the MP for GH¢25 million for defamation