An apology and a show of deep regret by the embattled Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Ken Agyapong, saved him from being expelled from Parliament for the rest of the session after the Privileges Committee found him guilty of contempt of Parliament.
By a split decision of 10-10, votes, the Committee members rooted for suspension of the MP for the rest of the year, with others also taking into consideration of the remorse and voted for just a reprimand of Mr Agyapong.
“The Committee noted the apology rendered by the Member and therefore did not consider expulsion as a sanction to be imposed,” the Committee, Chaired by First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei-Owusu, stated in its report, a copy of which is available to THE REPUBLIC.
Section of the report further read that: “In the light of the totality of the evidence gathered, and, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the Standing Orders and other relevant enactments, concluded that the Hon. Member for Assin Central Constituency, Mr Ken Ohene Agyapong is, indeed, in contempt of Parliament for the remarks he made that ‘Parliament is cheap’ and ‘Parliament is useless’”.
The Committee further recommended that the House sanctions “Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong by suspending him for the rest of the Session or reprimand him”.
Mr Agyapong’s alleged contempt was reported to the house by Minority Chief Whip Alhaji Muntaka Mubarak, and the Speaker subsequently referred the matter to the Privileges Committee.
In the view of Muntaka, the Assin Central lawmaker had stated in audio and videotapes he provided to the Committee that: “If this House were not useless, they would not have the likes of Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu as its leader.”
source: the Republic responsible.com/Felix Nyaaba