A member of Parliament (MP) is a person who is elected to represent the people in a particular area. In Ghana, such an area is referred to as a constituency.
There are 275 members of parliament in the country. Each member represents a particular constituency.
As a member of parliament, you are expected to partake in debates on the floor of parliament, make laws, deliberate and approve a national budget and also scrutinize the works of the executive arm of government.
Each member serves a four-year term. At the end of the term, the person in question will have to go through elections at the party level and also contest in the parliamentary general elections in order to retain his seat.
The salary of a Ghanaian member of parliament is about Ghc 29,000 per month. There are other allowances and benefits that come with the position.
In our quest to find out who the richest member of parliament in Ghana is, only a handful of names come to mind.
So Who Is The Richest Member Of Parliament In Ghana?
One person who stands out amongst the list is the member of parliament for Assin Central Hon Kennedy Ohene Agyapong. Affectionately referred to as Kennedy Akompreko Agyapong.
Kennedy Agyapong was born on the 16th of June 1960. His Father, Francis Ohene Kofi Agyapong was a Judge. His mother’s name was Mrs Mary Nsiah.
He was born in Assin Dompim, a town in the Central Region of Ghana.
He attended Adisadel College and also holds a GCE A-level certificate. He also studied at Fordham University in the USA.
He is married to Stella Wilson Agyapong and has 23 children in all (note that these children are not from the same mother).
Kennedy Agyapong joined the New Patriotic Party in 1992 and was first elected into parliament in the year 2000 as a member of parliament for the Assin North Constituency.
He retained his seat in the 2004 and 2008 parliamentary elections respectively.
In 2012, he became a member of parliament for the Assin Central constituency. He was re-elected in 2016 and retained his seat in 2020.
He is the chairperson of the 18-member defence and interior committee in parliament.
He recently declared his intentions to lead the New Patriot Party and hopefully become the president of Ghana.
The legislator lives a very lavish lifestyle that makes many questions his source of income. He is said to be the first Ghanaian individual to acquire a Rolls Royce worth 8 million Ghana cedis.
He is also on record to have said that his bed costs a whopping $80,000.
He is also said to have bought his first house at age 28. He owns other luxurious cars and has about 140 houses to his name.
You may be curious to ask how one could accumulate all these by just being a member of parliament. Well, the NPP guru is not only a politician.
He is a refined and successful businessman who makes money from other firms that he owns.
He is the CEO of Kencity Media which comprises Oman FM, Ashh FM, Net 2 television and the National Newspaper.
He also owns Super Care Company Limited( a company that deals in air conditioners), Mina D’oro Ventures, M/S Imperial World Business Limited, Gold Coin Communications, a real estate company et al. He is into agriculture too and owns vast farmlands.
In addition, he is the owner of three electrical appliance shops across Accra and Kumasi.
Despite owning this chain of companies, his actual worth is unknown. However, taking into consideration his businesses, cars, numerous houses, and extravagant lifestyle, he is undoubtedly the richest member of parliament in Ghana.