I never said Parliament is useless – Kennedy Agyapong

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has belittle his referral to the Privileges Committee for allegedly describing Parliament as “useless and cheap.”

Mr Agyapong has been dragged to the Privileges Committee of Parliament over his purported contemptuous utterances against Parliament and the Majority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.

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He was referred to the committee last Wednesday following a motion moved by the Minority Chief Whip, Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka.

Ahaji Muntaka said he had an audio and video in which Mr Agyapong referred to the House as a cheap and useless assembly.

He said Mr Agyapong had stated in the audio and video that “if this House were not useless, they would not have the likes of Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu as its leader.”

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Mr Agyapong is currently in China on a private business trip and expected back in Ghana June 20 but responding to the development via a telephone interview with Asempa FM Friday afternoon, he rejected suggestions that his comment amounted to contempt.

He disagreed that he said the House “was useless” and said those portraying that were just being “diabolic.”

Rather he argued his words were that, Parliament had been cheapened and anybody at all can just get up and jump from one radio station to the other, without seeking the truth to support his argument.

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He said he respected the Majority Leader but was not afraid of him, and if he [Majority Leader] continues on that tangent, he [Kennedy] will challenge him. “Is this one a contempt, he asked.”

He said he was not scared to be removed from Parliament and that he was even in a hurry to get out to go and enjoy life, and that even with his current private visit to China, but for Parliamentary meetings, he would have extended his stay in China.

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