Refer Of 3 MPs To Privileges Committee – Muntaka Disagrees With Bagbin

    National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak has challenged the decision by the Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin to refer three New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs to the privilege’s committee of Parliament.

    The Speaker Of Parliament Alba Bagbin during proceedings on Tuesday April 5 referred the NPP MPs after receiving a petition against them for absenting themselves from Parliament without permission for more than fifteen sittings.

    The MPs are Kennedy Agyapong, Sarah Adwoa Safo and Henry Quartey.

    But during proceedings, Hon. Muntaka contested the Speaker’s ruling and said if the decision is allowed to stand, it will set a dangerous precedence that can be used by a “dictator speaker” in future to hurt lawmakers.

    “If we allow this to stand it will become precedent, tomorrow it may hurt all of us,” he said.

    It is recalled that Former Kumbungu Member of Parliament, Ras Mubarak, petitioned the Speaker of Parliament to discipline these lawmakers for absenting themselves from Parliament without permission.

    In his petition, he said “It has come to my notice through parliament’s Hansard, and newspaper and radio reports that some four Members of Parliament, namely Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, MP for Dome-Kwabenya; Hon. Henry Quartey, MP for Ayawaso Central; Hon. Ebenezer Kojo Kum, MP for Ahanta West; and Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong, MP for Assin Central have all absented themselves from Parliament for more
    than fifteen sittings of a meeting of Parliament without the permission of Mr. Speaker in writing.

    “In view of this reported breach of the constitutional provision, I respectfully petition your high office to direct for their conduct to be referred to the Privileges Committee for consideration and necessary action.”



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