Kennedy Agyapong slams NPP over intolerance

Ken Agyapong

Ken Agyapong

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has accused his party of not being ‘tolerant’.

According to Mr Agyapong, if the party was tolerant enough, it would have taken some of his criticisms in good faith, instead of threatening him.

Mr. Agyapong has in recent months cautioned the NPP to be careful about how it handled its grassroots support including or risk losing the 2020 elections.

He said if the party continues to neglect the grassroots including their vigilantes, who worked tirelessly to secure victory in the 2016 general election, it should forget winning the 2020 elections.

However, according to the Assin Central MP, the party was not happy with his comment.

Speaking on Adom TV yesterday Mr. Agyapong disclosed: “NPP is not tolerant, they are ignoring me because I spoke against them. Those who are threatening to bring me down, they should feel free; I am waiting.”

The maverick politician admitted he has challenges defending the composition of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s cabinet.

He said people he expected would have been critical in the composition of cabinet were excluded; a move he found difficult.

He however explained that the president has the constitutional prerogative to choose who he wants to be a member of his cabinet.

“Let me admit that it is difficult to defend this, certain things are indefensible. You need certain brains at all times in cabinet but those persons were left out.

It is the President’s right to determine which minister makes it to his cabinet so I do not want to talk further on this matter,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo in conformity with provisions of the Article 76(1) of the 1992 constitution which stipulates that the President should have a cabinet of not less than ten and not more than nineteen members last week made list of his cabinet public.

The list however excluded experienced names like Professor Frimpong Boateng, Hajia Alima Mahama, Kan Dapaah and Osafo Marfo but Mr Kennedy Agyepong said they should be allowed to take part in cabinet meetings.

“He should allow them to take part in cabinet meetings because of their wealth of experience but the only problem is that they will be barred from voting or making critical decisions,” he advocated.


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