The New Patriotic Party’s Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Agyapong, is expected to appear before an Accra High Court Judge Amos Wuntah Wuni today, Monday, 14 September 2020, to answer to contempt charges against him.
Mr Agyapong is alleged to have “scandalised” and “threatened” the judge and, by extension, the court and bringing its name into disrepute in a live TV programme on Wednesday, 2 September 2020.
In a suit filed at the land division of the Accra high court, Mr Agyapong is to appear before the court today at 10:00 am to “show cause why he should not be severely punished for contempt if the matters are proven against him to the satisfaction of the Court.”
Ahead of his appearance, Mr Agyapong has apologised to the judiciary for scandalising and threatening the court on his own Accra-based NET2 TV.
The maverick lawmaker is said to have been angered by the judge’s decision to pass judgment in an ongoing case without his knowledge and, thus, insulted him and by extension the court on his NET2 TV.
On Wednesday, the judge issued a warrant for Mr Agyapong to appear before the court today.
In an apology letter to the Chief Justice, judges and magistrates, Mr Agyapong said: “I am writing this apology letter in my capacity as Ghanaian and a Member of Parliament for the Assin Central Constituency of the Central Region.
“Respectfully, I have been sued as a defendant in case title: Emmanuel Mompi and 2 ORS vs Honourable Kennedy Ohene Agyapong (Suit No. LD/1028/2020).
“Subsequent to the suit, an order was made against me without my knowledge which made me very furious and angry, thus, concerning me to express my dismay and anger towards the court order on a live television programme called ‘The Seat’ on NET2 television station on 2nd day of September 2020.
“However, upon sober reflection, I’ve come to the realisation that without prejudice to the substantive case, my expression about the court opinion was harsh, thus, I find it necessary to render an unqualified apology without any reservation whatsoever to the Honourable Chief Justice, judges and magistrates and any individual who have been offended by my uncomplimentary comments.
“Thus, prior to the communication of this matter, I’ve appeared on the same platform on the 7th day of September 2020 and rendered same apology to the Honourable Chief Justice, judges and magistrates.
“I must conclude that I strongly believe in our judicial system and can never denigrate its integrity.
“Indeed, I was set free by the court when I was charged with treason in 2012.”