Parliament’s Privileges Committee has been taxed to investigate, Assin Central lawmaker, Kennedy Agyapong, over his public inciting against undercover Investigator Ahmed Hussein-Suale of Tiger Eye PI.
Speaker of Parliament, Prof Aaron Mike Oquay, referee the matter to the Privilege Committee after Hon Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, Minority Chief Whip and MP for Asawas, raised the issue on the floor of Parliament Tuesday morning January 29,.
According to the Minority Chief Whip, the Assin Central lawmaker, is in contempt of the House for his public misconduct he believed triggered the gruesome murder of the Tiger Eye PI Investigator.
Mr Muntaka said, Agyepong’s public incitement against the undercover investigator which resulted in his death was affront to the Standing Orders of Parliament and the Oath of Members of Parliament.
“I make this complaint of contempt of Parliament against my own colleague for the embarrassment and uncalled for comments and incitement of the public against a member of the public that unfortunately led to the death of the gentleman.”
The Minority Chief Refered to Article 112 of the 1992 Constitution, which states “An act or omission which obstructs or impedes Parliament in the performance of its function or which obstructs or impedes a member or officer of Parliament in the discharge of this duty or affront to the dignity of Parliament or which trends either directly or indirectly to produce that result is contempt of Parliament.”
“My emphasis here is the affront to the dignity of Parliament…our Standing Orders, 28, also confirms this,” he said, citing, in addition, the oath each member sworn before the House when elected.
For him, Mr Agyapong’s attitude is a clear violation of not only the standing orders of the House, the oath he swore but also the laws of the country which speak clearly against inciting public or any person to engage in unlawful acts.
Ahmed Hussein-Suale was shot thrice on Wednesday, 16 January 2019 at Madina, a suburb of Accra while driving home around 10 p.m. His assailants made their getaway on a motorbike.
Shortly after Ahmed’s gruesome murder, Head if Tiger Eye PI and ace investigative Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas pieced together a short video containing an old clip of Mr Agyapong’s incitement of violence against Mr Hussein-Suale last year after Tiger Eye PI premiered the Number 12 undercover documentary which exposed rot in African football that led to the resignation of Ghana’s FA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi and his subsequent banning for life from all football-related activities by FIFA, for taking bribe.
Apart from inciting violence against Hussein-Suale, Mr Agyapong is also seen in the clip, exposing the undercover journalist’s identity by splashing his photos on his NET2 TV station as well as on social media.
This, the Minority Chief Whip said was uncharasteric of an MP whose conducts ought to be inspiration not incitment against the citizens, adding that, Mr Agyapong’s behaviour constituted contempt of Parliament, therefore he should be questioned.
However, Mr Agyapong has since denied any involvement in the murder of Hussin-Suale.
This is the second time Mr Agyapong has been referred to the Privileges Committee.
In June last year, Ken was dragged before the Committee for describing the august House as a useless place.
This time, Mr Agyapong will go before the Committee in relation to the death of Ahmed, who was shot three times- twice in the chest and the neck.
He has publicly spoken against Ahmed and investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, prior to and after the airing of the Number 12 documentary which sought to expose corruption in Ghana Football.
Mr Agyapong who was against the work questioned the methods used in its production and queried the integrity of the producers, Tiger Eye PI. Ahmed is said to be a key partner to Anas and was keenly involved in the production of the Number 12 documentary.
The Minority have already called on the police to arrest Mr Agyapong and question following the death of Ahmed but have gone a notch further to request that he is interrogated by the Privileges Committee.
But again, Mr Muntaka was of the view that the behaviour of the controversial MP is unacceptable and he must be made to answer for it.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba