The Privileges committee of Parliament has recommended the suspension of Assin Central Member of Parliament (MP) from the house for a period of time.

The committee also said that the vociferous MP should be reprimanded for the utterances that brought the name of Parliament into disrepute.

The committee’s recommendation follows complains that the MP had ‘insulted’ Parliamentarians.

“The Committee has carefully considered the matter 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 and concluded that the Hon Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Ken Ohene Agyapong is indeed in contempt of Parliament for the remarks he made that “Parliament is cheap” and “Parliament is useless”.

“Accordingly, the committee recommends to the House adopt the Report and sanction Hon Ken Ohene Agyapong by suspending him for the rest of the Session or reprimand him,” the committee recommended in it’s report.

Background

On June 6, 2018, the MP for Asawase, Alhaji Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka drew the attention of the House to an alleged disparaging comment made by in the media to the effect that ‘the House is useless and cheap and if the House was not useless, it would not have Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu as its Majority Leader.”

Alhaji Muntaka indicated that the alleged comments were in contempt of Parliament under Standing Order 28 of the House, and prayed the Chair to refer the conduct of Mr Agyapong to the Committee of Privileges for investigation and report.

In accordance with Standing Order 164(2) of the House, the complaint was referred to the Committee of Privileges for investigation and report.

 

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