Kennedy Agyapong spared by parliament

Kennedy Agyapong spared by parliament

Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, narrowly escaped expulsion after he was found guilty of contempt of the House.

The controversial lawmaker was spared after he showed remorse and offered an apology to his colleague MPs over certain comments be made some months ago.

Mr. Agyapong was dragged before the House by the NDC’s Muntaka Mubarak for allegedly describing his colleague MPs as “cheap and useless.”

Kennedy Agyapong spared by parliament

Kennedy Agyapong, Assin Central MP. Source: Ghanaweb.com
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The Assin Central MP is reported to have ranted that “if this House were not useless, they would not have the likes of Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu as its leader.”

Accra-based Class FM reports that the Privileges Committee was split 10-10 on whether or not to suspend Mr. Agyapong for the rest of the year.

A report by the Committee said expulsion was not considered as a sanction after the MP rendered an apology.

The Committee noted the apology rendered by the Member and therefore did not consider expulsion as a sanction to be imposed,” it stated.

The Committee, however, found Mr. Agyapong guilty of contempt of Parliament over the derogatory comments he made against members of the House.

"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, 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 report added.

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Meanwhile, the Committee has also recommended that the MP be sanctioned to serve as a deterrent.

The Committee maintains that Mr. Agyapong must either be suspended “for the rest of this session or reprimand.”

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