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Suspend Kennedy Agyapong - Privileges Committee recommends

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong
Kennedy Agyapong
Kennedy Agyapong

The Privileges Committee of Parliament has concluded that the Assin Central Member of Parliament, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong is indeed in contempt of Parliament for the remarks that "Parliament is cheap" and "Parliament is useless."

Accordingly, the Committee has recommended that Mr Kennedy Agyapong, should be sanctioned by "suspending him for the rest of this Session or reprimand him," Graphic Online has gathered. 

It has been gathered that the Committee members were divided as to the kind of punishment to be meted out to Mr Agyapong. Whilst some were of the view that he should be reprimanded, others thought he should be suspended.

This means that if the House goes ahead to adopt the recommendations of the Privileges Committee, Mr Agyapong could be suspended from Parliament for the rest of this year (2018 session) or reprimanded.

The plenary, would decide on whether to go with the suspension or reprimand.

Suspend Kennedy Agyapong


The Privileges Committee in its report to the House said it "has carefully considered the matter in the light of the totality of the evidence gathered and in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the Standing Orders and other relevant enactments and concluded that the Hon. Member for Assin Central Constituency, Mr Ken Ohene Agyapong is indeed in contempt of Parliament for the remarks he made that 'Parliament is cheap' and 'Parliament is useless.'

Related: Kennedy Agyapong apologises to Parliament

Apology

Mr Kennedy Agyapong apologised to Parliament for describing it as being cheap when he appeared before the committee.

The MP who debunked allegations that he has described parliament as “useless”, explained he was furious and angered by some members of his party the New Patriotic Party, hence his outburst.

Speaking before the Privileges Committee of Parliament on Monday, Mr Agyapong explained that he could not control his anger because the Ashanti Regional Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwabena Nsenkyire had insulted him [Agyapong], claiming that he was not fit to be an MP and that if he (Kennedy) cannot coexist with Anas in Ghana, he should pack bag and baggage and relocate to Togo, and that he was never going to refer to him as an 'Honourable' MP.

Aside that, he said his leader (Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu) also joined in the fray and that was why he said even though he respects Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, he was at a loss why he always wanted to disgrace him, which he said caused his outburst.

Background

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

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

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

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