The Concerned Clergy Association of Ghana has called on television and radio personality, Afia Schwarzenegger and Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong to stop hauling insults at each other via social media.
The two have for the past few days been engaged in unsavoury verbal exchanges with Schwarzenegger threatening to release the MP’s deepest secrets and Agyapong also threatening to release nude photos of the presenter.
But a press release signed by the president of the Concerned Clergy of Ghana, Bishop Prince Benny Wood has condemned “irresponsible” behavior by both adults.
The press release has however applauded the Despite group of Companies, ‘former’ employers of Schwarzenegger for dismissing her on the bases of moral misconduct.
“We are impressed by the reported decision of the owners of the radio station in which the said lady works to relieve her of her position and we hope she will take it in good faith for a better future,” the statement said.
Below is a copy of the statement:
SHOW LEADERSHIP PARLIAMENT, NPP AND MEDIA COMMISSION
The Concerned Clergy Association of Ghana has observed with shock and embarrassment the level our politics is degenerating as far as insults are concerned.
We are conscious of the fact that our politics have experienced some kind of insults from time past but we are very worried the level it is getting into.
Of recent is that of the Hon Member of Parliament for Assin Central Hon. Kennedy Agyapong and a female radio presenter by name Afia Schwarzenegger that has generated huge discussion on radio, TV and social media.
For an MP to engage in public insults may not be a new thing but to threaten a female radio presenter with naked pictures is, to say the least, unacceptable by any standard.
Whatever the provocation, the honourable member could’ve found other means of addressing the issues rather than the kind of engagement he adopted. What has taken place in our view undermines our moral culture and the respect we expect the citizens to accord our political leaders and MPs and must not be encouraged in any way.
We are impressed by the reported decision of the owners of the radio station in which the said lady works to relieve her of her position and we hope she will take it in good faith for a better future.
We are therefore calling on the New Patriotic Party and Parliament in this specific instance to take the necessary steps to address this situation as soon as possible so it doesn’t degenerate further.
We are also calling on the National Media Commission to be proactive in its work to protect our political leaders and the innocent citizens of Ghana from being unduly insulted and run down by people who take advantage of the free media we have in Ghana.
Unfortunately if you go to the Internet and Google ‘Politics of Insults’ the only country that shows up is Ghana and all articles are about Ghana’s politics. This is sad and contradicts the enviable record as the Island of Peace and hospitality in the sub-region of Africa.
Let us do our very best to create a society of tolerance and co-existence .
God bless our homeland Ghana and make it stronger and greater
Bishop Prince Benny Wood-
President / Spokesperson