One would have thought that rumours about him being a hardened drug dealer would have forced him to stop displaying his wealth or craving for more, but Mr. Ken Agyapong, CEO of Kencity Media and NPP MP for Assin North, is not so perturbed about these unsubstantiated allegations often cooked up by his political opponents.
The business oriented politician has a rather audacious ambition to be recognized as Ghana’s first Billionaire and has told Citi FM an Accra-based Radio station that he is working hard to achieve this feat.
The man, who is often touted as a rabble-rouser for his no-nonsense attitude rather sees himself as a disciplinarian.
Being a member of the NPP, a party that has constantly been linked to “cocaine trade” by their political opponents, Hon. Ken Agyapong has struggled to change perceptions about himself, especially as a former NPP MP, Eric Amoateng, is serving a jail term in the USA after he was busted for dealing in cocaine.
Mr. Agyapong’s critics have wondered how he amasses so much wealth to live a profligate life, makes several donations to needy institutions and puts up new businesses.
Although Mr. Agyapong has several businesses, most Ghanaians only seem to know about Oman FM and Net 2 TV, which apparently were built to do the bidding of his party as well as generate revenue.
Mr. Agyapong told Citi FM in that interview on March 4 that he has by dint of hard work built a factory in his hometown at Assin in the Central Region, and was paying over 1,000 workers. He also mentioned that he has a fuel station which has been on lease to Shell Ghana for seventeen years.
In June 2010, a pro-government Newspaper, The Herald, reported that Mr. Agyapong had bought an 8 billion cedis Rolls-Royce Phantom Saloon car manufactured by Rolls Royce Motor Cars in the United Kingdom.
The paper requested that the MP be investigated to establish the source of his wealth but nothing was heard of it.
Mr. Agyapong, who was recently questioned by the police for allegedly threatening to kill NDC Sympathizer and Journalist Alhaji Bature, over a verbal scuffle between the two, has vowed to face him squarely because he openly tagged him as a drug dealer.
“He is not my friend and I don’t know him. The first time I met him was at Radio Gold’s “Alhaji and Alhaji’. I don’t know what he wants from me but I think it’s about time Ghanaians appreciate individual efforts that we are all making. What pains me is that a journalist sits there and says Kennedy Agyapong makes news so I am going to malign him to sell my paper. That is wrong,” he said.
“I have sponsored twenty Muslims into computer training and others into various vocations. So between me and Bature, who is a good citizen? He has always been tarnishing the image of his people saying that some Nima boys have been selling cocaine for me. As I speak now, I have sent about twenty Muslims to Dubai to appreciate Islam and what it stands for and also learn how to do business in order not to think that Islam is about begging for alms”.
Mr. Agyapong says he is a different breed of politician who speaks his mind, and works hard to make genuine money to help society.
“Bui Dam, I am the agent for Syno Hydro. I and my partner singlehandedly got the deal for Ghana. I don’t even have one dollar out of it but you see how Asiedu Nketia is enjoying? But I am not envious of anybody. Nobody gives good people credit in this country. 622 Million dollars by two Ghanaians! We initiated this deal. Give credit where it is due. There are a number of people I employ in this country and do good things to many people”.
“People are scared and wonder how I made money. I started selling PK in the streets even when I was at Adisadel College. You can ask Ernest Chemist. My mother used to sell on a small table so on vacations I take these items including chocolate and go round selling them. When Rawlings made the coup the second time in 1981, I had 21,000 cedis in my account as a lower 6th Former. This was after I had graduated and was selling iron rods, lead bars, crocodile machetes, buckets, and milk from Nigeria”.
“I always have it at the back of my mind that I am from a poor home so whatever money I make I have to save. I have the power and ability to save money. Let me teach Bature sense to make money. I was using X-Class Mercedes Benz 550 and somebody wanted it and he had a vast land. He said he can give me fifty acres so I gave him my Mercedes Benz for the land. Mercedes Benz will depreciate as the years go by whereas the land will appreciate. You got to be smart. I later gave him my Lexus and my E-Class to acquire 95 acres of land. So when you sit there and think it’s not possible for a Ghanaian to make it I wonder”.
“NDC people were talking about Kennedy Agyapong doing drugs and all that. When they came to power and they saw the kind of work I had done, some ministers called me and said, my brother you don’t know how much we appreciate you and how we go out there to defend you all the time” he said.
Mr. Agyapong revealed how Government owes him and his wife close to eight million dollars after they had supplied materials to the Energy Ministry, but has refused to pay for political reasons.
“You don’t know how people make money. Bature should come so that I teach him because he has failed in life. Now I am going to be wild because the guy is destroying my reputation that I have built over the years and I will descend into the gutter with him anytime,” he stated.
Asked whether he feels sad about the cocaine tag on him and how he hopes to disentangle himself from the perception, the MP said “I get very hurt and I don’t understand why Ghanaians don’t take those allegations against me seriously. And when I reply the guy and say he is stinking, they will put it on Ghanaweb and say a Member of Parliament should not say that. Dirty propaganda” he yelled.
“There is another idiot who writes in the Daily Graphic. You can see that he is bias. The way he was talking about me and Bature I just laughed. The way he writes, I don’t even think he can even cough ten thousand cedis. But I pay 1, 647 workers in this country every month from different jobs. I am proud of myself” he said.
“Go to my Constituency and see what I have done there. I have a factory there but the media only reports on dirty campaigns and fail to report good things. I have spent sixteen million dollars to put up an orange processing factory. We do concentrate and send them to Spain, France and Brazil. Excuse me! Who is Bature?” He asked irritably.
“I have the ability and the power to save and I smell money. I intend to make more money because the sky is the limit. I want to be the first Billionaire in Ghana. I mean in dollars because that is how it is measured in the world,” he noted.
“Go to Brong Ahafo and see how I have cultivated eleven thousand hectares of sugarcane to build a sugar plant. I challenge myself”.
Mr. Agyapong said he was working for so much money because he wakes up every morning and people have queued in front of his house for all forms of favours.
The MP, who calls himself “a doubting Thomas”, particularly when it comes to spiritual matters, made a startling revelation about a dream he had in 2003, for which reason he supports the disadvantaged.
“In the dream an old bearded man was pulling me through a tunnel dragging me. He stopped at a point and said I am giving you the last warning. We have given you the money to be given to the poor people, but anytime they come to you for favours you will be screaming. If you do that, we will take the money from you. I wouldn’t have believed it and taken it lightly to be a mere dream. But my wife was pushing me and calling my name and when I responded she said I was not breathing. I then asked for pen and paper and wrote the date and everything in the dream. But being a human being, sometimes when I see the people in my house, I still overreact. So my wife who was a witness to the dream peeps through the window and alerts me to stop. And she is supporting me to reach out to the poor people.
“And I also do that because I wasn’t the most brilliant guy in my village. There were four guys who passed common entrance and their parents couldn’t help them. Their standard of living today is so poor compared to me. So I decided that the chance these guys didn’t get I am going to give it to the poor people and any talented person once you are a Ghanaian. But all these things Ghanaians do not see especially the media,” the Philanthropist MP lamented.
Mr. Agyapong who has constantly criticized the over politicization of issues in the media including his own Oman FM, called on media owners to check what transpires on their platforms.