Kennedy Agyapong dragged before Privileges Committee

Accra – Mr Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central has been hauled before the Privileges Committee of Parliament for allegedly inciting the public against the murdered journalists, Mr Ahmed Hussein-Suale.

This is the second time Mr Agyapong has been hauled to the committee in recent times over comments deemed contemptuous to the reputation of Parliament.

The Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Michael Oquaye, referred Mr Agyapong to the Committee following a submission by Alhaji Mohammed-Mubarak Muntaka, Minority Chief Whip and MP for Asawase, that he had an audio in which Mr Agyapong was heard inciting the public to beat up Mr Hussein-Suale.

He said MPs were held in high esteem and also enjoyed some privileges provided for in the Constitution, which required of them to guard their utterances.

Alhaji Muntaka said the comments of Mr Agyapong, which were at variance with the requirements in the Code of Conduct of Parliament, were an affront to the dignity of Parliament.

He said it was necessary for the Privileges Committee of Parliament to investigate the matter and punish him if found guilty of breach of privilege of Parliament.

He requested to be allowed to play the audio of Mr Agyapong making the alleged inciting comments.

Mr Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Majority Leader, responding to Alhaji Muntaka’s submission said members had not heard Mr Agyapong making the comments and therefore the said audio could not be played in the chamber.

He said the Privileges Committee should be allowed to determine whether Mr Agyapong was in breach of privilege or not.

Hussein-Suale who worked with the Tiger Eye Private Investigations, a private investigative company operated by ace journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, was killed by unknown assailants at Madina on January 16, 2019.

He was shot three times, twice in the chest and another in the neck, late in the night while driving home, by unidentified men riding a motorbike.

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service has since initiated a full-scale investigation into the gruesome murder.

The Minority in Parliament at a recent press conference called on the police to swiftly arrest and prosecute Mr Agyapong, for his alleged complicity in the murder of Hussein-Suale.

The Minority insists that Mr Agyapong knowingly or unknowingly aided in the killing of the journalist.

It is on this basis that we state that Mr. Agyapong appears to bear some criminal responsibility for the death of Ahmed for instigating the public to cause harm to Anas for monetary reward.

Source: Ghana News Agency