- Kennedy Agyapong has apologized to members of parliament for describing them as 'cheap'
- The Assin-Central MP says he did not mean to hurt members of parliament
- Kennedy Agyapong remains one of the most controversial politicians in Ghana
Member of Parliament for the Assin Central constituency, Kennedy Agyapong, was dragged to the privileges committee of parliament over some comments he made about the seat of parliament.
Days after reportedly describing Parliament as 'useless' and 'cheap', the maverick politician was summoned to explain what he meant by the said statements.
Interestingly, Kennedy Agyapong rendered an unqualified apology to the house of parliament stating he did not mean to hurt legislators over the issue.
YEN.com.gh monitored the full sitting and came up with a summary of all that the maverick politician stated:
1. "I said parliament has become cheap, I did not say parliament is useless."
2. "I am not a tin god but I was furious at Muntaka because he did not cross-check his facts."
3. "I made the comments because of an NPP vice chairman said I don't deserve to be called an honorable MP and if I can't live here with Anas I should go to Togo."
4. "I have apologized so I don't need need to ask any question. I have apologized to parliament for using the word 'cheap'."
5."I don't have a problem if parliament feels offended, I apologize".
6. " I was furious with my leader (Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu) and I apologized to him. I could even apologize right now. He is a man I respect."
Kennedy Agyapong's statements put to rest various suspicions that he is an untouchable personality in parliament.
In fact, sources close to YEN.com.gh show that his refusal to have admitted and apologized for his wrongs could have resulted in him being stripped of his position as a member of parliament or better yet suspended from making contributions on the floor of parliament based on the disciplinary Act of parliament.
Kennedy Agyapong had earlier alleged that some forces within his party (NPP) were conspiring to 'shut him down' due to his harsh and tough statements against his party.
Mr. Agyapong argued that he had vital information on how his party - the NPP - used 'spiritual' means to win the 2016 elections.
By far, his stern words and stiff opposition to corruption makes Kennedy Agyapong, by far, one of the most controversial politicians in the country and also a forceful politician.
Absenteeism in Parliament
A recent report on how punctual members of parliament are shows that many MPs absented themselves from the House beyond the permitted time limit.
This report, compiled by civil society group, Odekro, shows that the issue of absenteeism cost Ghana's taxpayer ¢1.4 million in 2017 alone.
What is surprising about this report is that all the members of parliament who absented themselves this violating Article 97(1)(C) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
The report identified eight of the 54 top absentees which included chairmen of committees and some Minority MPs who have no other business at the level of the executive.
The only legislators who did well with attendance were Atwima-Nwabiagya South legislator, Emmanuel Agyei Anhwere; Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro, Habib Saad and Sene West MP, Twumasi Kwame Ampofo.
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