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General News of Wednesday, 13 February 2019


Rebuke or suspend Kennedy Agyapong – Committee recommends

Parliament’s Privileges Committee has recommended to the House to either suspend or reprimand the Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong for insulting Parliament.

The Committee in its report following hearings on the conduct of Kennedy Agyapong in the heat Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Number12 documentary on corruption in Ghana football, found the outspoken MP guilty of contempt.

The Privileges Committee in 2018 investigated Mr. Agyapong after he reportedly described Parliament as “useless,” and hurled insults directly at the Majority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu.

The investigation was done following a motion filed by Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak.

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

Agyapong subsequently apologised.

The committee’s report said it did not consider expulsion as a punishment for Kennedy Agyapong because of the apology but said: “The Committee was however in favour of either a reprimand or a suspension after extensive deliberations.”

The report said there was a split ballot when a vote was cast as to whether the MP should be reprimanded or suspended.

“In view of the split ballot, the Committee recommends to the House to determine which of the two sanctions to be imposed on the Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong.”

Ken Agyapong referred to Privileges Committee again

The Assin Central MP has been referred to the Privileges committee again for allegedly inciting violence against an investigative journalist, Ahmed Suale during the heat of the Number 12 exposé.

Ahmed was allegedly killed in broad daylight by two men on a motorbike, while he was leaving home late on January 16, 2019, at Madina, a suburb of Accra.

In this instance, Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, who was behind the previous invitation of his colleague to the Committee, called on the Speaker to refer the legislator to the Privileges Committee for comments made regarding the slain TigerEye PI investigator, Ahmed Suale, months before his death.