Professor Ransford Gyampo has established that he will be highly disappointed in Anas Aremeyaw Anas if he spares Kennedy Agyapong for vicious attempts he is making to ruin his hard earned reputation.
The University of Ghana lecturer maintains that the MP for Assin Central has gone overboard as far as his views on the soon to be premiered investigative documentary is concerned.
Prof. Gyampo who is shocked over the maverick politician’s behaviour in connection with the popular investigative piece titled #Number 12 has waded into the war between the whistle blower (Anas) and the NPP firebrand; taking sides with the award winning journalist.
He rubbished claims by the legislator that Anas’ modus operandi is flawed, stating that the world acclaimed journalist has not erred in the execution of his duty as an undercover journalist.
He bemoaned how Mr. Agyapong has gathered all manner of “ammunition” to shoot down the documentary, Anas and his associates have invested time and money to do, as part of the efforts to root out graft in the country and Africa at large.
He has consequently asked Anas to sue Kennedy Agyapong for his incessant attempts to ruin his work.
“Whether the attempt to unmask Anas is diversionary or not, the records must be set straight in order to clear the minds of Ghanaians.
“Anas must go to court to clear his name. His invaluable contributions to the fight against corruption cannot be discounted so easily. His role in augmenting weak institutions in our country must not be dented by such allegations. I trust his mentor, Kwaku Baako and want to believe he would encourage his mentee to do the right thing to clear his name in order not to break the hearts of many Ghanaians,” his post read in part.
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I have been listening to the debate generated by the recent expose of Anas on Kwasi Nyantekyi.
I have heard all that Kennedy Agyapong has said and have noted his attempt to unmask him. Indeed, I am currently watching Net 2 TV which is featuring series of discussions by individuals who are taking turns to expose and discredit Anas.
As usual, I have my views on this which must be articulated dispassionately. I am not making allegations against anybody. I am going to raise questions that bother my mind.
1. The allegations made by Kennedy Agyapong against Anas are damning and too serious to be ignored. It is disingenuous on the part of Anas to create problems for individuals in order to unearth problems of society in a liberalist and libertarian state. One cannot pontificate on morality and lawfulness if he himself cannot mount the moral high grounds.
2. But the allegations may also be diversionary tactics to take minds off the issues thrown in the public domain and to discredit the investigator. We must not be oblivious of one key strategy to win arguments and debates. It is a strategy called “Ridicule to Discredit”.
This strategy oftentimes commits an ad hominem fallacy by attacking the person of the one who wields a superior argument instead of dealing with the issues raised.
3. Whether the attempt to unmask Anas is diversionary or not, the records must be set straight in order to clear the minds of Ghanaians.
Anas must go to court to clear his name. His invaluable contributions to the fight against corruption cannot be discounted so easily. His role in augmenting weak institutions in our country must not be dented by such allegations. I trust his mentor, Kwaku Baako and want to believe he would encourage his mentee to do the right thing to clear his name in order not to break the hearts of many Ghanaians.
4. Assuming without admitting that the allegations against Anas are true, why are they being made now? Those making the allegations seem to have a lot of damning information about Anas and his activities. Why have they kept the information to their chest all this while?
Why are they coming out now? Is it because it’s about one person, Kwasi Nyantakyi? Is Kwasi Nyantakyi untouchable? Is Kwesi Nyantakyi’s interest superior to all those exposed by Anas previously? Is Kwesi Nyantakyi superior to the judges?
Listening to discussions on Net 2 TV, I can appreciate that the panelists appear to know much about the allegedly crude modus operandi of Anas in his previous exposes, right from the one in Osu Children’s Home.
The question is, why didn’t they raise objections with the approach used then? What is driving Kennedy Agyapong now? Does he hate Anas? Does he like Nyantakyi so much? Is it for God and country alone?
5. Just as Anas must go to court, those making the allegations must also explain to Ghanaians why the mention of only one man in an expose has triggered their attempt to unmask Anas.
6. Let me summarize by saying that the work of Anas is critical to the fight against corruption. Nothing must be done to discourage him. But he must not be encouraged to resort to unethical means to obtain his findings.
If the allegations being made are true, the timing makes the intentions of those making them quite suspicious. My father told me that a BAD thing is a GOOD thing done at the wrong time.
Nevertheless, if the intentions of those making the allegations are for God and country and nothing else, then Ken Agyapong must be commended in spite of the timing of his outbursts.
Anas should then brace himself to face the wrath of the laws of the land and he must be prepared to lose some respect from Ghanaians. But these may not last long and must not discourage a man with an eye of a tiger from continuing his work for God and country. When the righteous fall 7 times, he must rise 7 times.
Many Ghanaians are now confused and will be very happy if the allegations made against Anas are proven to be false within the shortest possible time. We will love to hear Anas speak on these allegations and go to court to clear his name in order to save the hearts and minds of all those who admire him.
Yaw Gyampo A31 Prabiw PAV Ansah Street Saltpond