Privileges Committee recommends suspension of Ken Agyapong

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The  Privileges Committee of Parliament has recommended to the House a suspension of loudmouth politician and Assin Central MP Honourable Kennedy Agyapong over comments he passed that allegedly brings parliament into disrepute.

The maverick politician was hauled before the Privileges Committee of Parliament for suggesting that Parliament was “cheap” and “useless” for making Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu a Majority leader, tapes of which was played to him during the sitting which was aired on TV.

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Kennedy Ohene Agyapong admitted using the word ‘fo’ in Twi (which literally means Cheap) and vehemently denied saying Parliament was useless (‘fon’ in Twi), accusing Minority Chief Whip Muntaka Mubarak of fabricating stories about him and relying on discredited and social media comments and doctored videos.

He later rendered an unqualified apology to the committee and Parliament for his words and stated he was furious at his colleague MP.

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“I am not a tin god, no! but I was furious at Muntaka because he also did not cross-check his facts and put everything together…he attacked me on radio saying all sorts of things. Today that the evidence has come out what are we all sitting here going to say?”

We have sighted a part of the committee report which has requested that the Member of Parliament should be suspended and it reads;

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“The Committee noted the apology rendered by the Member and therefore did not consider expulsion as a sanction to be imposed. The Committee was however in favour of either a reprimand or a suspension. After extensive deliberations, the Committee put the two options to a vote. Out of a total membership of thirty-one (31), twenty (20) Members were present at the time of the voting. Ten (10) Members voted in favour of reprimand as a sanction and ten (10) Members voted in favour of suspension as a sanction. 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”.

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From sources, we learned the suspension will be for a period IF the House approves the recommendation.

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Already, the vociferously outspoken NPP MP has said he won’t seek a new term when his current mandate expires in 2020.

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Qwame is currently a student of the University of Ghana where he is pursuing a degree in Public Administration. He is a delighted Staff at Ghpage gratefully working hard to cause a change in the world. Loves to read, play football, video games, and researching at his spare time.