CDD, Christian Council hypocrites -AFAG
4/19/2012 1:00:14 PM -
By Stephen Odoi-Larbi
Mr. Samuel Awuku, Member of AFAG
The Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) has decided to vent its spleen on the Christian Council and the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), labelling as hypocritical the actions of the two institutions in the wake of the unguarded comments made by the Assin North Member of Parliament (MP), Kennedy Agyapong.
According to the pressure group, it finds it very difficult to believe why the aforementioned institutions have sat idle and let go the remote cause of the issue that provoked Kennedy Agyapong's sentiments without any condemnation.
'To turn a blind eye to those whose actions triggered the conditional statement and chastise Hon. Ken Agyepong, is nothing but sheer hypocrisy. We are vehemently opposed to the situation where on an issue of equal measure, one is extolled whiles the other is demonized.'
To this end, AFAG wishes to state without equivocation that the comments made by Mr. Kpessah White, the Christian Council and the Centre for Democratic Development are not only sentimental but hypocritical.
In all of their presentations, these groups have failed to interrogate the issue by addressing the remote cause of the issue as opposed to sentimentally and hypocritically chastising the Hon. Member of Parliament,' Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie, Chairman of AFAG argued in his statement at a press conference in Accra yesterday.
Mr. Kennedy Agyapong has been in the grips of the police since Monday, after declaring war in reaction to attacks on New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters during the biometric registration exercise on his radio network, Oman FM last Friday.
He also accused the police service of not being on top of issues, especially in the face of assault cases in flash point areas like Odododiodoo in the Greater Accra region.
Mr. Kennedy Agyapong was sent to court yesterday to open his defense on the preferred charge of treason labelled against him by the police.
Commenting further on the issue, AFAG condemned any attempt to tribalise politics in the country, and urged the Assin North MP 'to go ahead and do the honourable thing' by apologizing to Ghanaians over the comments he made that has landed him into the grips of the police.
However, the pressure group insists that there are systemic grievances and tensions that ought to be addressed and, therefore, urged society to 'rise up and find solution to those undercurrents and to desist from gathering the dust under the carpet.'
'If appropriate steps are not taken to address these widespread systemic grievances and tensions, AFAG fears the current happenings, can potentially cause violence before, during and after the 2012 elections,' noted Dr. Afriyie.
In addressing the fracas, AFAG proposed to allow the various state institutions to carry out their constitutionally mandated duties without the interference of politicians, 'who are not and will never be custodians of the law.'