Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has narrowly escaped being expelled from Parliament after the Privileges Committee found him guilty of contempt of Parliament.
The privileges committee which investigated the matter concluded in its report that “Mr. Ken Ohene Agyapong is indeed in contempt of parliament for the remarks he made that ‘Parliament is cheap’ and ‘parliament is useless’”.
In a split decision of 10-10, some of the Committee members rooted for suspension of the MP for the rest of the year, with others also taking cognisance of the remorse and voted for just a reprimand of Mr Agyapong.
The Committee, Chaired by First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei-Owusu, stated in its report:“The Committee noted the apology rendered by the Member and therefore did not consider expulsion as a sanction to be imposed,”
The report added 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 this Session or reprimand him”.
The MP in June last year while speaking on Adom FM and his own Oman FM, made the contemptuous comments against parliament and the majority leader Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.
MP for Asawase, Alhaji Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka who filed a complaint against the MP on June 6, 2018 told parliament that he had audio and video recordings of Mr. Agyapong making remarks that put the name of parliament into disrepute.