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Politics of Thursday, 19 December 2019


2019 Rambo fighters: Ken Agyapong vs Muntaka Mubarak

Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak and Kennedy Ohene Agyapong play videoMohammed Muntaka Mubarak and Kennedy Ohene Agyapong

But for the timely intervention of some Members of Parliament, Wednesday, January 30, 2019, would have seen Ghana’s first Parliament boxing match as two members of the house were ready to turn the chamber into a ‘boxing’ ring.

The two, MP for Asawase, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak and MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, just before proceedings started that morning, met and used abusive and insulting words against each other.

The two have been nominated GhanaWeb’s ‘2019 Rambo fighters’.

The fisticuffs happened a day after the Assin Central MP was dragged to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee by the Asawase MP, for allegedly inciting the public against the late investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein Suale, who was murdered by unknown assailants.

Muntaka Mubarak, who is also the Minority Chief Whip, stated that the NPP firebrand’s incitement of violence against the late journalist was in contempt of Parliament.

He said: “I made this complaint of contempt of Parliament against my own colleague for the embarrassment and uncalled for comments and incitement of the public against a member of the public that unfortunately led to the death of the gentleman.”

Muntaka Mubarak then called on the Speaker to refer the member to the Privileges Committee for his inciting comments about the late Tiger Eye investigator.

This was after the Minority, at a news conference, asked the police to arrest the Assin Central MP as a key suspect in the murder of Ahmed Hussein Suale.

An unhappy Agyapong known to be hot-tempered met Muntaka in the lobby of the House where the exchanges ensued.

Agyapong took offence and confronted the Minority Chief Whip, raising issues with why the latter asked that he, Agyapong, should be referred to the Privileges Committee.

The exchanges in the lobby ended and the two parted ways.

Muntaka subsequently took his seat in the Chamber before the day’s session starts.

Agyapong then walked into the Chamber in the company of some MPs from the Majority side including Effutu MP, Alex Afenyo Markin and out of nowhere, started insulting the Asawase MP.

The Asawase MP rebutted in Twi describing the CEO of Kencity in very uncomplimentary terms. Kennedy vowed to make Muntaka uncomfortable in Ghana.

Muntaka then followed with more vitriolic language whilst shouting at Kennedy Agyapong as the NPP MP was being restrained by some colleague MPs.

Ken Agyapong was meanwhile banging the desks in the Chamber threatening to deal with Muntaka at the appointed time.

Muntaka Mubarak also replied shouting and pointing fingers in Agyapong’s direction, adding that he was a Zongo boy who feared nothing.

Watch a video of the incident below

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