The Privileges committee of Ghana's Parliament has finally pronounced Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, guilty of contempt for making comments they have deemed disparaging.
The committee, chaired by first deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei Owusu, stated in the recommendations of the report: “concluded 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’”.
The committee further advised that Parliament to adopt the report and “sanction" Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong by suspending him for "this session or reprimand him".
This ruling comes in the wake of Agyapong having attacked Parliament regarding the criticisms he faced from some senior members on how he made certain public pronouncements.
The pronouncements made by Agyapong was reported to Parliament by the minority chief whip, Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak.
Alhaji Muntaka claimed that Agyapong had stated in an audio and video he (Muntaka) provided to the committee that “if this House were not useless, they would not have the likes of Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu as its leader.”
A suspect fallout from Muntaka's reporting of Agyapong's conduct saw the two men almost end up in fisticuffs on the floor of Parliament.
The confrontation which was recorded from the public gallery of parliament via phone was later shared on social media.
The video showed the two lawmakers in verbal exchanges in Twi (local Ghanaian dialect) while their colleagues tried to calm their tempers.
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