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General News of Monday, 23 July 2018


Kennedy Agyapong’s bid to suspend Privileges Committee sitting falls flat

The Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP), Kennedy Agyapong, has failed in his bid to have the Privileges Committee of Parliament suspend its inquiry into alleged contemptuous comments made by him.

He had written to the Committee urging it to suspend the sitting after he filed a motion to have the Speaker of Parliament rescind the referral of his case to the committee.

But Chairman of the Committee, Joe Osei Owusu, held that the mandate of the committee was to only inquire into the matter and not oversee a trial. Kennedy Agyapong has been hauled before by the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, who made the referral.

But the Assin Central MP has always contended that his comments were taken out of context.

This is the second of such motions filed by Kennedy Agyapong.

He filed the motion on Monday ahead of the second sitting of the committee.

The first sitting in June ended inconclusively after three MPs from the Central Region on the Committee recused themselves over possible bias.

The MPs were Gomoa Central MP, Naana Eyiah Quansah; Agona West MP, Cynthia Morrison and Upper Denkyira West MP, Samuel Nsowah-Djan.

The three have subsequently been replaced on the committee from the Majority.

The replacements are Yaw Buaben Asamoah, Adentan MP; Yaw Maama Afful, Jaman South MP; and Nana Akua Afriyie, Ablekuma North MP.

Muntaka reports Kennedy Agyapong

The Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, filed a motion accusing Kennedy Agyapong of making contemptuous comments about the House in public.

Mr. Agyepong was subsequently summoned to appear before Parliament’s Privileges Committee which addresses such matters.

Muntaka Mubarak, who engaged in a fierce media war with Kennedy Agyapong over the matter, appeared before the committee to give evidence to back his claims.

Following a media tirade from Kennedy Agyapong, Muntaka Mubarak called for the suspension of the Assin Central MP from Parliament.

Kennedy Agyapong had described Muntaka Mubarak as a dumb for referring him to Parliament’s Privileges Committee over the purported insult.

He reiterated that Kennedy Agyapong’s conduct was unfit for someone in the legislature.

The committee subsequently established a prima facie case against Mr. Agyapong, hence his latest appointment with the committee.