Privileges C’tee Sets July 3 for Public Hearing of Ken Agyapong’s ‘Parliament is Useless’ comment
The Privileges Committee of Parliament has set July 3 for a public hearing of a contempt case brought against Member for Assin Central Hon. Kennedy Agyapong by the Minority Chief Whip and Member for Asawase Constituency, Hon. Muntaka Mubarak.
The Member for Assin Central, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong who has been accused of calling parliament a ‘Useless Institution’ for electing Hon.Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu as the leader of the house, will be cross-examined by the witness on the day of the hearing.
The Chairman of the Privileges Committee, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu, was of the view that it would not right for anyone to make any allegation behind their colleagues, and so both the witness and contemnor will be present at the hearing to defend their claims.
According to him, Mr. Ken Agyapong will be duly informed, and If he (contemnor) chooses not to come, that is another matter.
The Assin Legislator has also verbally assaulted the Minority chief whip, Muntaka Mubarak for raising the issue on the floor.
The Minority Chief Whip before the Privileges Committee (late hours of Yesterday), presented his evidence and established the reason why the committee should apply appropriate sanctions against Hon. Agyapong.
According to him, he sent all evidence he had to the committee to substantiate his claim including a video recording.
“I have done my part, they asked me questions which I have answered…I am done, it is for the committee to determine that what I have put before them and what they have seen amounts to what I described on the floor as being contemptuous
Claims by Hon. Agyapong that he said parliament is Cheap and not Useless, He said, does not make any difference, saying ‘if someone says something is cheap then it is not really useful’.
The Minority Chief Whip said Mr Agyapong’s choice of words in describing the Majority Leader and his colleagues leave much to be desired as a parliamentarian.
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