Kennedy Agyapong is a known member of Parliament from the NPP that he represents in the August house of lawmakers. He is a recognised ‘god’ in his party who is without reproach from his executives or even the flag bearer of his party. This time, he has overstepped his boundary! He has insulted the institution of womanhood, advocacy for women participation in politics and governance hence he must be condemned and made to face the law.
What wrong did Charlotte Osei commit by accepting a call to serve her nation? What wrong did she commit by granting interviews to explain the process of the Electoral Commission to the public? Why the insistent attack on her since her assumption of office? Is it wrong for a woman to be the EC boss? What is different from her appointment from that of Georgina Wood, Marrieta Brew Appiah-Oppong and Joyce Bamford Addo?
Kennedy Agyapong addressing a youth group at Asokwa, a suburb in Kumasi alleged that Mrs. Charlotte Osei, the Chairperson of Electoral Commission traded sex for her position. Does Kennedy Agyapong has women in his companies? Is he stating indirectly what he does with them before giving them jobs?
Women have equal rights to public offices as men without fear or favour when requirements are met, unless Kennedy is insinuating Mrs Osei is not qualified for the position.
In a recent times, Ghanaians are advocating for more women participation in politics and governance as well as calling on the President to appoint more women into public offices. Stating the challenges he is facing in an interview with Bridget Otoo on TV3, the President of Ghana John Dramani Mahama stated he has few women in government because most women turn down the offer to protect their dignity and family from public ridicule and name calling.
This attack on the EC boss by Kennedy is a typical example which if not properly handled will discourage the few who are ready to serve and make the majority continue to shy away.
As a matter of principle, we must state for a fact that we are disappointed with Kennedy’s continuous attack on women despite his Honourable status. we at least expect our parliament’s privileges committee and all appropriate quarters to question him on his dishonourable insult on a woman, a public servant and a citizen of our beloved Ghana.
Ghana has prominent women, the likes of :
Lucy Mensah : Women United Against Aids in Ghana (WUAAG)
Estelle Akofio-Sowah: Team Lead – Google Ghana
Patience Akyianu, MD-Barclays Bank
Lucy Quist, MD-Airtel.
Freda Duplan, MD-Nestlé Ghana
Maidie Arkutu, MD-Unilever Ghana
Edith Dankwa, CEO-Business and Financial Times.
Pearl Esua-Mensah, Founder/ CEO of Feniks Ltd
These women are doing exceptional managing at top notch companies in Ghana. Their expertise will be useful in developing the nation in public offices but they will be skeptical to serve not because they are unwilling but because of derogatory remarks like that of Kennedy Agyapong.
Doves for Mahama calls on appropriate quarters like the BNI to question Ken to produce evidence or face the wrath of the law, apology isn’t enough. The institution of womanhood must be protected by law.