The Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, has revealed his intention to initiate a transformative agenda aimed at reshaping the mindsets of all Ghanaians when elected president.
Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, said his strategy will involve collaborating with musicians from across the country to create a collection of inspiring and heroic songs which will instil a sense of patriotism in Ghanaians.
These songs, spanning various genres including R&B, Highlife, Reggae, and Gospel, are intended to serve as catalysts for positive change in the mindset of the Ghanaian population.
“What I will do is I will bring all musicians together to let them come up with heroic songs and we will organise a concert like we are the world [there will be] R&B, Highlife, Reggae, Gospel, we will all come together to play all these songs then after that we will give it to the media and schools to play for Ghanaians to be patriotic, honest and disciplined.
Speaking in an interview on Face to Face on Citi TV, Mr Agyapong believes that his ambitious plan to collaborate with musicians and use their collective artistic talents to instil positive values aligns with his goal of fostering a more united and morally conscious Ghana.
Addressing the deeply rooted corruption challenges within Ghana, which prompted the establishment of the Office Of The Special Prosecutor, Mr. Agyapong highlighted that combating this deeply ingrained problem needs the active involvement of Ghanaians as partners, working in tandem with the government’s initiatives to combat corruption.
He argued that it was a grievous mistake to launch a fight against corruption without first changing the minds of Ghanaians to let them know they are stakeholders in the fight.
“I think we made a mistake by not changing the mindset of Ghanaians because if you want to fight corruption in this country, whatever decision you are coming out with, Ghanaians should be your partners, partners in the sense that you should educate Ghanaians to let them know this has gone wrong and we have to correct it and that if we don’t, it is not good for our country and development.”
The prominent business mogul lamented that the unwarranted characterization of people who speak the truth is discouraging many others from openly addressing issues of importance because they do not want to be tagged as arrogant.
“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.
The outspoken MP, asked Ghanaians not to equate him to former US President Donald Trump, confidently labeling himself as “the people’s man.”
Amid ten individuals vying for leadership within the NPP for the upcoming 2024 elections, Agyapong, a prosperous entrepreneur, is often likened to Trump due to his transition from the business world to politics and his unreserved stance on various issues.
However, Agyapong is quick to distance himself from such comparisons.
He contends that many of the policies introduced by Donald Trump during his presidential tenure, were detrimental to ordinary citizens, which is why he vehemently declines any association with the former US leader.
“I call myself the people’s man. When you talk about business, and you mention Donald Trump, I agree. But if you tell me, in politics, I’m like Donald Trump, I disagree. I have been in politics for about 32 years. Donald Trump was a typical businessman, and he went into politics to make a change. Some of his policies were too harsh to ordinary citizens, but when it comes to Ken Agyapong, I think about the ordinary people first and not the higher class,” Agyapong said.
In addition to clarifying his stance on the Trump comparison, Agyapong also categorically defined his political ideology.
“Although the NPP aligns with the Republicans, I’m a Democrat. Democrats always make policies that take care of ordinary people. For Republicans, sometimes their decisions are very tough and do not favor the ordinary citizen. I’m not a conservative, I’m not a socialist either, I’m a liberal,” he said.