In light of the recent happenings, in the Ghanaian media landscape, it has become imperative to clear the air regarding the Anas and Hon. Kennedy Agyepong issues.
Hon. Kennedy Agyepong , is not against the fight of corruption. More so, He is a lawmaker, hence a champion of the said cause.
The said Anas is an investigative journalist who is also in the fight against corruption.
However, where Hon. Kennedy Agyepong has an issue, is with the modus operandi of Anas in this particular exposé ie NUMBER 12 , since there were clear infractions of the law, most especially the Supreme Law of the land in terms of Article 18(2) of the 1992 Constitution, as well as various statutory provisions.
The Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) is unambiguously clear that the giver and the receiver or in the case of a bribe, all the parties involved are guilty.
Other than that, then there was no basis for the decision in the case of National Coal Board v. Gamble  1 QB 11, the ratio which has been followed by the Courts in Ghana.
“The crime of abetment is committed upon proof of a positive act of assistance voluntarily done, and a knowledge of the circumstances constituting the crime. He who supplies another with the instrument for a crime or anything essential to its commission aids the commission of it” .
So since this operation by Anas was not a State commissioned one, isn’t it a voluntary act?
If yes, then Anas is equally responsible for that which he has accused the other for and leading them into.
Also the said Anas by his actions has demonstrated various elements of extortion, blackmail, favoritism and even partisan position in the course of his work. We were all in this country when he Anas made it known to the good people of this country, sometime in 2015 that he had uncovered massive corruption in parliament and the flagstaff house (as it then was). The said piece was never brought into the public domain after being impressed upon by the former President John Dramani Mahama. A news publication via adomonline.com indicates that Kwesi Pratt who claimed he had a clue made it known on Adom Fm Dwaso Nsem on 16th Sept. 2015 that the said parliamentary exposé was more rotten than that of the Judiciary.
Our issue is why should one exposé (usually branded by him as hard core evidence ) be a select to few, leaving others to go scot free. Where lies the fairness in this act?
He is also known for editing the said hard core evidence of his documentary and airing portions, in other to fit his intent.
What about those captured therein which were edited and not published?
For us, it is amazing how a person’s effort sought to be appreciated, now becomes a bribe.
Even from the Holy books it provides at James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
We think is high time the Supreme Court gives us an interpretation as to what constitute a gift and that of a bribe.
We would therefore as loyalist to Hon. Kennedy Agyepong urge the media from ridiculing the attempts and thoughts of the lawmaker in trying to get us to understand what really Anas is doing and the legality of his actions to that effect.
Benjamin Gyewu Appiah