05 July 2017

Awuah Darko sues Ken Agyapong, 2 firms for defamation

The former Chief Executive Officer of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST), Kingsley Kwame Awuah-Darko, has sued the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong for making supposed “defamatory” comments against him.

He has also sued Multimedia’s Asempa FM as well as Kennedy Agyapong’s Madina-based Oman FM, for using their platforms to tarnish his reputation.

He said the allegation by Kennedy Agyapong was a deliberate and malicious plan to reduce him in the estimation of all right-thinking members of society as a corrupt and dishonest former public official.

He is, therefore, seeking a declaration by the court that among other things, Kennedy Agyapong renders an unqualified apology to him within 14 days and also pay a sum of GHs5 million to him in general damages for defamation.

According to Kwame Awuah-Darko, Kennedy Agyapong, who also owns Oman FM, alleged on the two FM stations that he [Kwame Awuah-Darko] had embezzled state funds and was currently living outside the country.

He said Kennedy Agyapong said on Asempa FM that, “Kwame Awuah-Darko, when we search his account, we found 100 million dollars… He has run away, now living abroad… He shuttles between Virginia, South Africa and Dubai. I have been monitoring him seriously… These people are wicked people…”

He noted in the suit that, the legislator in the evening on Oman FM, said, “the crimes these people commit must not go unpunished. So far the documents I have in my possession shows (slc) an embezzlement of 230 million dollars recorded as losses for BOST under Awuah-Darko… and then his own bank account after we tracked him down, we discovered an amount of 100 million dollars. These guys don’t even know how to steal. He didn’t even know that we could track him… 100 million dollars… yes 100 million dollars.”

But the former BOST CEO says these claims are untrue. According to the former BOST CEO, Mr. Agyapong also made some false claims that he [Awuah-Darko], was not qualified to have occupied public office.

Other reliefs Mr. Awuah-Darko is seeking includes a perpetual restraining order on the defendants from uttering and publishing any defamatory words against him and also the payment of the cost of his lawyer’s fees.

Defamation: Senyo Hosi sues Ken Agyapong for GHc8m

Mr. Awuah Darko’s suit follows a similar one by the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD), Senyo Hosi, who has also sued the outspoken member of the governing NPP, Kennedy Agyapong for defamation.

Joined to the suit are Kencity Media limited, a company that manages Oman FM and Net2 TV, all owned by Kennedy Agyapong and the Deputy Executive Director of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Afia Akoto.

Senyo Hosi is demanding GHc 5 million from Kennedy Agyapong, GHc3 million from Kencity and GHc1 million from Afia Akoto.

By: Jonas Nyabor/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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