Anas Aremayaw Anas, A Good Or Bad To Society
Over the past days, there have been several heated argument on various media platforms over the yet to be premiered work of the investigative Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas dubbed Number 12 “When greed and misconduct become the Norm”. However, the point of focus have shifted from the investigative report to the Journalist himself following comments made by Hon. Kennedy Agyapong (MP- Assin Central).
The lawmaker as a Ghanaian has the right to express his opinion about happenings in the country but by so doing should not counter mount to character assassination. Having listened to the lawmaker on several media platform including Adom Tv and Net 2, the question I ask myself is why now? Is it because the President has been named in the video? Is the allegation a true reflection of Anas? Is the allegation levelled against the gentleman grounded on law and fact?
As it stands now series of allegations have been levelled against Anas Aremeyaw Anas. Among them is he being the highest bidder type, illegal acquisition of properties, tax defaulter, and inappropriate modus operandi. Over the past 14 years, the Investigative Journalist has conducted series of undercover. The Judiciary undercover led to several Justices being suspended. Is it that the lawmaker felt it was not necessary to challenge and expose Anas Aremeyaw Anas as at that time. Why Now? Granting without admitting that the allegations levelled against the gentleman are true, has it being justified enough to buy Ghanaians off? Ghana is governed by laws and if you have such information about someone who names, shame and jail people what prevents you from proceeding to the law court or better still reporting to the appropriate investigative agencies. “It is said that he who seeks equity must come with clean hands”. Yes, Hon Kennedy Agyapong could be making a valid point but to what extent has it being justified. As a youth organization, we challenge the anti-corruption crusader Kennedy Agyapong to spill the beans.
Over the years, the issue of the modus operandi of the Journalist has been challenged and we take keen interest in Kennedy Agyapong challenging same. In as much as the organization believes that setting up and enticing people into taking bribe is not proper, we take exception especially when people try to undermine the credibility of the Gentleman’s work. Yes enticing people is wrong, is it always the case that he entices people? Should Anas come and tell you, you are corrupt so am coming to investigate you? In the case of the Justices, it was even wrong for a judge knowing his code and ethics of conduct to have engaged in an ex-parte conversation with an interested party to a suit. Do you call this a setup? Our country is embedded with corruption here and there and we acting as Citizens and not Spector’s have to come together to fight this canker.
We recall during the IEA debate 2012, H.E Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo mentioned that he will adopt the Anas tactics in fighting corruption. This is a good test for the President to confirm his anti-corruption crusade to the good people of Ghana. However, the organization urges any affected individual to use the appropriate institutions to seek redress.
On this note we admonish the youth to exercise their freedom of speech carefully and not to engage in any unhealthy partisan discussions to discredit the investigator with unjustifiable facts.
ADDO KWAME KYEI
Gen. Secretary-Himan Advocacy Youth Network