Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, has apologized to Members of Parliament for describing the National Assembly as “cheap”.
Appearing before the Privileges Committee on Monday, the legislator disputed evidence submitted by Mubarak Muntaka that sought to say he had described parliament as “cheap” and “useless”.
When confronted with the evidence that was submitted to the committee by the complainant, who doubles as the MP for Asawase, Mr Agyapong questioned the authenticity of the audiovisual recordings submitted as evidence.
“Mr Chairman, the evidence that has been submitted to the committee has been pieced together, it is not factual and accurate!
“Yes, I admit saying parliament is cheap and I apologise for that but I didn’t use the word useless. I never used the word useless,” Mr Agyapong stated.
Before the proceeding started, Mr Agyapong through his lawyer, Alex Afenyo Markin had filed a motion asking the committee to refer the matter back to the Speaker of Parliament since he was not present in the chamber when the matter was referred to the committee.
Another objection that was raised by the lawyer was issues of procedure.
He sought to know the procedure the committee would adopt in making final determination on the matter since there were no clear guidelines on how the matter would be investigated.
Mr Afenyo Markin also questioned the Standing Orders the complainant was evoking for the committee to probe the issue, adding that, on that basis parliament had no jurisdiction to look into the matter.
However, after back and forth with the Chairman of the Committee, Mr Jospeh Osei Owusu, dismissed the objections for proceedings to commence.
The Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, filed a motion accusing Kennedy Agyapong of making contemptuous comments about the House in public.
Mr. Agyeapong was subsequently summoned to appear before Parliament’s Privileges Committee which addresses such matters.
Muntaka Mubarak, who subsequently engaged in a fierce media war with Kennedy Agyapong over the matter, appeared before the committee to give evidence to back his claims.
The committee subsequently established a prima facie case against Mr. Agyapong, hence his appointment with the committee.
Muntaka Mubarak had earlier said in a Citi News interview that he believes Kennedy Agyapong must be suspended for his utterances.
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