Contempt hearing: Kennedy Agyapong escapes suspension in Parliament

The Privileges Committee of Parliament hearing into alleged contemptuous comments by Member of Parliament for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong has saved him from being expelled from House. The Committee of Privileges concluded that “Kennedy Agyapong is indeed in contempt of Parliament for the remarks he made that “Parliament is cheap” and “Parliament is useless.” But an apology and a show of remorse by the maverick MP saved him from being expelled.

A split ballot of 10-10, some of the Committee members rooted for his suspension for the rest of the year, with others also taking cognisance of the remorse and voted for just a reprimand for the MP. The Committee, Chaired by First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei-Owusu, stated in its report said “The Committee noted the apology rendered by the Member and therefore did not consider expulsion as a sanction to be imposed.”

The report added: “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’

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