Tamale Central Legislator, Inusah Fuseini, has echoed the sentiments of a section of the public who think undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, and his team should not have shown part of the upcoming investigate video to the President.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentarian says President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo breached confidentiality agreement with the ace investigative journalist, after going public with details of excerpts of the video.
After viewing the video, Deputy Chief of Staff, Abu Jinapor, held a press conference in which he gave copious details of the four-minute video presented to the Presidency.
Inusah Fuseini thinks the decision by the Presidency to go public with details of the video before it premieres in Accra on June 6 and 7, 2018, has caused some members of the governing party to attack Anas’ integrity.
Following the private viewing of excerpts of the video, titled ‘Number 12’, by the President and some top officials of the Presidency, it emerged that President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi was allegedly negotiating for an amount of money using the name of the President and his Vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
The President then called on the Criminal Investigations Department to arrest Mr Nyantakyi. My Nyantakyi turned himself in to the police and was granted bail later, as the police investigate him for allegdely defrauding by false pretence.
However, shortly after the news hit the headlines, maverick politician and New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, begun a singular crusade to discredit the work of the respected investigative journalist.
Mr Agyapong has called Anas a fraud and holds that the investigative journalist’s methods are nothing but malicious entrapments to bring target public officials into disrepute.
Mr Agyapong has also vowed to release a video showing Anas taking bribe, however, he is yet to do that.
Speaking on Joy FM/MultiTV’s current affairs programme, Newsfile, Inusah Fuseini, said had the President not watched the four-minute video of what sources say is an explosive exposé of rot at the GFA, the attacks on Anas, a protégé of Kwaku Baako, and the entire Tiger Eye PI team, would not have happened.
“The Privileges of the President are defined by law and it doesn’t include the privilege to watch a video undertaken exclusively by a private person with private resources. It was a bad decision. It was an error of judgement. And my friend Kwaku Baako knew he was venturing into dangerous waters…and that was why he elicited from the President an agreement of confidentiality,” Inusah Fuseini said on Newsfile Saturday.
He adds, “all that we are talking about Anas today is the failure or refusal by the agreement of confidentiality that was entered into with the President. I think that Anas is learning [lessons], my good friend Kwaku Baako is also learning but such misjudgment should not be repeated in the future.”
The views being expressed by Mr Fuseini is similar to those of some commentators on the matter.
The President of policy think tank, Imani Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, said recently that allowing the President to watch the documentary ahead of the premiering was wrong on grounds that if the President was allowed to watch it because his name was mentioned, then other persons involved in the video should also be allowed a viewing opportunity.
Meanwhile, a section of the Ghanaian population has lashed out at Kennedy’s Agyapong attacks on Anas and his investigative firm Tiger Eye PI.
Although Mr Agyapong has been using his media house and others to smudge the integrity of Anas and posting photos he believes are the true face of the man whose identity remains a mystery, public support for the investigative journalist is swelling.