- The meeting between GIBA and Parliament’s Communications Committee ended abruptly following a near scuffle between two members
- Chairman of the committee Kennedy Agyapong and a committee member Sam George engaged in nasty exchanges forcing the suspension of the meeting
There was a near-brawl between the chairman of the parliamentary select committee on communication Kennedy Agyapong and a member on the minority side, Samuel Nartey George during a meeting on the controversial StarTimes deal.
The two MPs disagree over the termination of local firm K-NET’s contract by the government, in connection with the setting up of the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Network Platform.
K-NET has done about 90% of the job, according to Communication Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, but the firm is currently cash-strapped, thus, the need for StarTimes, a Chinese firm, to come into the picture.
While Mr Agyapong is in favour of the termination of the K-NET deal due to, according to him, the shabby manner in which the local company treated his (Mr Agyapong’s) NET2 TV station in the past, Mr Nartey George believes the StarTimes deal is detrimental to local players in the industry.
Speaking to journalists in parliament, committee member Ras Mubarak said: “There was an issue that should not have happened in the first place, especially as there were visitors attending upon the committee. It was an embarrassing spectacle but we will try and resolve it internally.”
He further opined that what transpired was a dent on the credibility of Parliament.
“I will not want to be a member of a committee that can’t conduct itself well in the presence of guests,” he said.
Mr. Mubarak however, asked parliament to swiftly reconstitute the Communications Committee.
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