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20.11.2008 Politics

Sex Blows. At Metro TV

By Daily Guide

Wild Exchanges of sex-related vulgarisms and obscenities filled the studios of Metro TV in Accra yesterday over the death threat purported to have been issued by former President Jerry John Rawlings on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

The panelists threw caution to the wind, accusing each other of homosexuality and paedophilia.

The free-for-all sexual invectives were spewed out during the station's Good Morning Ghana news analysis programme which featured Kobby Acheampong, a communication consultant of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Ms Frances Assiam, former Second Vice Chairman of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), who were guests on the show.

DAILY GUIDE learnt that the two political foes engaged in heated exchanges characterized by sexually explicit language to the extent that host of the show, Yaro Kasambata, could not moderate any more and the programme had to be abruptly taken off air.

Mr. Acheampong, during the show, was reported to have referred to Madam Assiam, a former Women's Organiser of the NDC as a prostitute who enjoys having sex with small boys.

In response, Frances Assiam was alleged to have told Mr. Acheampong that if she was a prostitute and enjoys sex with small boys, then he had also been engaging in anal sex with ex-President Rawlings, founder of the NDC.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE , Mr Acheampong said the fracas took place in the confines of a TV studio, therefore he was not ready to comment on it.

“You can talk to others or talk to Frances but I do not do my things that way. I have told you it happened in the confines of a TV studio and I am not going to take the issue beyond that; that is my comment and what else do you want on the matter?” Mr. Acheampong charged.

Attempts to get comments from the host, Yaro Kasambata proved futile as his phone was switched off for the most part of the day and was still off at press time yesterday.

Studio sources however confirmed the incident and hinted that the two had been asked to re-appear on the programme next week Wednesday to render apologies to viewers.

Before the programme was taken off air, Ms Assiam and Mr. Acheampong were captured in a passionate debate over Mr. Rawlings's recent statement that General Odartey-Wellington was killed because the latter was ridiculing him over the famous 'yo ke gari' crediting story.

Mr. Rawlings, during an interaction with a group of university students from Nigeria, stated that Nana Akufo-Addo, flag-bearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), was using the same 'yo ke gari' story to ridicule him.

Kobby Acheampong had stated that the NPP was being hypocritical by reporting the ex-President to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) in the sense that many NPP bigwigs, including Member of Parliament for Assin North, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, had repeated that should Rawlings attempt to destabilize the country, he and his family would be the first casualty.

Madam Assiam, on her part, maintained that the NDC was at liberty to report Kennedy Agyapong to the police if the party felt he had said something serious, and that the former President ought not to have brought up the issue of the death of Odartey-Wellington and linked it to Nana Akufo-Addo.

Earlier on, Frances had heeded a request from Yaro Kasambata that she should withdraw her description of Rawlings as a public ridicule; but maintained that the ex-President ought not to have resurrected the story of how former Army Generals were gruesomely murdered as it would bring sad memories to the bereaved families.

The former NDC matriarch who is now winning souls for Nana Addo, left the party after she had been violently whipped to pulp by NDC goons at a party congress in Koforidua.

The brutal assault happened not too long after a series of disagreements she had with Jerry Rawlings, over an apparent lack of internal democracy in the NDC.

Mr. Acheampong is an Associate Dean of Degree Programmes at the Africa University College of Communications and the school's Acting Head of Development Communication Unit.

By Halifax Ansah-Addo