Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, the Member of Parliament for Assin Central and a presidential aspirant of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has expressed worry over the practice of unjustly tagging people who speak truth to power as arrogant.
He shared his concerns during an exclusive discussion with Umaru Sanda on the program “Face to Face” aired on Citi TV.
“A lot of people in Ghana are afraid to speak the truth because they are afraid they will be called arrogant. When you speak the truth, they say you are arrogant, they say you are insulting,” the Assin Central lawmaker told host Umaru Sanda Amadu.
When asked what he makes of his often-considered harsh commentary and responses on public radio and television stations, he said: “I always reciprocate actions and before I come out, you would have done it for several times that I did not even say anything and one day, when I come out, because it is me, then the public begin to have problems with my response and I think that is unfair.”
“If we really want to develop this country, we should all have confidence, [be] bold, [be] honest, [be] sincere, [be] disciplined and change this country. But a situation where you have responded to somebody’s allegations and insults and they ignore what was said against you and reprimand you for what you have said, I think is wrong,” Mr. Agyapong added.
He further defended that he is a good example worth learning from because his good works outweigh his so-called bad works or deeds.