Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong has watered down his perceived influence within the governing New Patriotic Party indicating that his authority within the party is limited, ABC News can report.
Kennedy Agyapong said some members of the public come to him for assistance because of the misconception that he wields so much power within the party that he can make things happen for them with ease.
The legislator mentioned this when he entreated the public to desist from seeking government-related favours from him or run to him to intervene in their promotions, among others.
“They over-exaggerate my influence in the party that they bring their complaints to me; I can’t solve it. And sometimes I am against what they are saying and so I will not even make a move,” he intimated while speaking on Net 2 TV’s The Seat.
According to Kennedy Agyapong, a lot of the people who run to him for assistance often want him to intervene in the processes or disrupt the system to favour them.
This, he worried, conflicts his stance on not engaging in corrupt activities. Despite this, he advanced that he will continue to push for members of his party to be given jobs since the systems have been polarised and engineered to work on partisan lines.
“About five people came to me last week to complain about how their promotions are being unduly delayed, wanting me to intercede for them. And I told them; you make politicians corrupt. In America, your promotion depends on your performance. People believe that the mere fact that they have worked for 30 years means automatically they have to get promotion.
“You see, by what you are doing, you are making me corrupt and you will later accuse me of being corrupt. But your own attitude and behaviour make you corrupt,” he said.
He added that because of government’s continuous interference in the running of public institutions, “people frequent my home for such favours. But if any government does its work well and does not recruit or appoint people on partisan lines but on qualifications, this will stop.”
“But the system has been polarised in such a way that the NDC employs only their people when they come to power and so I am also advocating for NPP people to be employed so that it will be balanced because they are all Ghanaians
“Until we change our mindset, no policy will work in Ghana,” he said.