Monday, January 25, 2010

Re: Extortionist Cum Blackmailer!!!

I write in response to an opinion captioned “Ken Kuranchie: Extortionist Cum Blackmailer!!!” written by Biakoye Nana and published on Ghanaweb on Tuesday January 26, 2010.

But for the crude and un-journalistic manner the columnist tried to once more smear my boss and myself and the fact that your publication gave a very wide publicity to a hitherto obscure and discredited publication whose stock-in-trade is to fabricate stories and smear high ranking political figures, public office holders and colleagues of the inky family, I would have treated that opinion with the utter contempt and disdain it rightly deserved, by completely ignoring it.

I owed it a duty of the highest order to clear my good name and that of my boss whose reputation, integrity and sense of fair play the very caption of the opinion under discussion sought to impugn, by setting the records straight.

I, Prince Prah did not call the Deputy Chief of Staff let alone send a damning text to the effect of killing a story; the reporter in question who was following that story was Kwadwo Yeboah Breman.

“Unable to cow the man into submission, Ken and his operative, Prince Prah, pretend to be doing Alex a favour by killing a foolish story and ask the Deputy Chief of Staff to find “something small” for them to kill the foolish story”, a lie which can only be found in your wee and apio choked head.

In the text message in question, Mr. Breman had written, ‘the investigations team has decided to kill the story based on security implications ur house may have if we made known ur house to the public domain. Thank you sir’.

The author of the text message and story is currently on suspension and it tells you that Ken Kuranchie does not condone wrong doing like the man you follow and praise.

I am cheerful that Biakoye Nana whose identity is Kobby Fiagbe and his colleagues in the ruling government are frightened whenever I write a story in the Daily Searchlight or post an opinion here.

My boss never asked the said reporter to send the text message Biakoye is talking about. Ken was not aware and come to think of it why would he kill a story because issues that are very sensitive to the state have been published in his newspaper with the Military High Command pleading with him and myself to stop it.

Because of our motto, we do our work without fear or favour.

I have not written a single story about the parasites and the hypocrites in your government building mansions but the only story concerning a building that I have done is the allocation of Bungalow Number C2 to Madam Lordina Mahama.

Come to think of it Kobby Fiagbe does not measure up in status with my boss whose newspaper is doing well on the market and has gone colour compared to your eight paged political insults rag which is hardly seen on the market when it appears on the stands.

May be in your attempt to smear me, you hurriedly got a prostitute of a single parent Minister together with a drunkard paid agent host of a political programme of your government to come and say things which got them gate crushing.

Kobby, please do some diggings so that you can smear me and stop being cheap.

Whist you are busy scrutinizing the Buttocks of others, your Buttocks is widely opened that nothing can cover it.

Dr. Arthur Kennedy's Mess

In the run-up to election 2008, The Enquirer newspaper edited by my friend now turned foe, Raymond Archer, carried a number of publications on Dr. Arthur Kobina Kennedy, a foremost member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who was then the Director of Communications of the Nana Addo campaign.

The body of the publications was that Dr. Kennedy had been awarded some type of contract through allegedly underhand means in the health sector, and that he was in custody of a government vehicle which he is alleged to have used in his political campaigns.

At the time, I did not give the publications much credit. It was part of the murky but damaging slew of allegations made by the pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) press against leading functionaries of the then ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) with the hope that some would stick.

Indeed some of the allegations stuck and the effect was the electoral loss of the NPP.

I am referring to this matter for one reason. Dr. Kennedy was supposed to be a communications guru for Nana Addo, but he could not save even his own reputation.

Indeed, by his association with Nana Addo, he became a liability, and the Akufo Addo campaign had to deal with the allegations against his conduct.

I also remember that at the time a number of scurrilous allegations were made against Nana Addo, allegations that did needless damage against the reputation of Nana Addo. Dr. Kennedy did pretty little about the situation, in spite of the fact that he was in charge of communications.

I remember listening to him on Radio Gold with communications disaster at the castle today, Koku Anyidoho, on the other line and out of public fame Deputy Minister of Information, James A Boateng as host and it was really bad for the Arthur K.

I don't want to repeat what Koku said about Nana Addo but Arthur K did nothing as the communications guru and the two NDC propagandists had their way.

Even in writing his own book, he consulted a known journalist who was against Nana Addo because he was turned down by the campaign team but found his way into the home of Ken Ofori Atta.

In Arthur K's book, everything he wrote about Malik Baako was also from this same journalist.

Also, Dr. Arthur Kennedy, who lives mainly in the United States, was one of the seventeen aspirants who tried to win the presidential slot of the NPP, an activity many blame for the poor fortunes of the NPP.

Imagine somebody walking off the plane after twenty years living abroad and seeking to become the President after a few weeks. That was Arthur Kennedy. I am unwilling to say this, but Arthur Kennedy contributed significantly to Akufo Addo's loss.

He played part of the mess, and I am glad that today he is so happy telling us of the whys and wherefores of the NPP's electoral loss.

I hope he remembers his own contributions. It is a very good work even though he is going to make some money, I doubt if he can look at the holes in his book.

I encourage him to continue with it, whilst members of the NPP engage in the real and very hard work of re-building their image for another attempt at power in 2012.