Speaker of Parliament, Prof.Mike Oquaye has directed that the Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong, should thread on the pathway of caution and to “go and sin no more”.
His remarks follows the Assin Central Member of Parliament ‘s apology to the legislature following a breach of privilege and contemptuous comments attributed to him.
According to the report of the committee of privileges on the breach of privilege and contemptuous comments allegedly made by Kennedy Ohene Agyapong for describing the legislature as “cheap and useless”.
The committee’s report recommended to the House to adopt its report and sanction Kennedy Agyapong by suspending him for the rest of this session or reprimand him, the House by majority vote reprimanded him and cautioned him to desist from such conduct in the future.
The Speaker also urged members to take a cue from him in order not to repeat or exhibit similar conduct.
Speaking before the House on Thursday to render his apology, Kennedy Agyapong said “Whether it was misconstrued as cheap l still apologise but as a House we should also give everybody equal right” he said.
It will be that in June 2018, the Member of Parliament for Asawase, Alhaji Muntaka Mohammed-Mubarak drew the attention of the House to an alleged disparaging comments made by Kennedy Ohene Agyapong on social media to the effect that “the House is useless and cheap and if the House was not useless, it will not have Hon.Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu as its Majority Leader”.
The MP for Asawase indicated in the compliant that the alleged comments were in contempt of parliament under Standing Order 28 of the House.
He therefore prayed the chair to refer the conduct of the Assin Central MP to the Committee of Priviledges for investigation and report.
In accordance with Standing Order 164(2) of the House, the complaint was referred to the Committee of Priviledges for investigation and report.
Subsequently, the committee held series of meetings including two public hearings. Evidence was taken from Mohammed-Mubarak(complainant). He also submitted to the Committee the relevant documents on the alleged contemptuous comments by Ken Ohene Agyapong(respondent).
The report further reveals that the respondent admitted that he was the person in the video. He also admitted that he uttered the words “parliament ay3 fo” in twi meaning “parliament is cheap” but denied he said “parliament foo” meaning “useless parliament”.
He explained that he made the statement “parliament is cheap” out of extreme anger. He therefore apologized for describing parliament as cheap.
On the findings of the committee, they were convinced that contrary to the denial by the respondent, he indeed made those disparaging comments that “parliament ay3 fo” meaning “parliament is cheap” and “parliament foo” meaning “useless parliament”.