Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has been dragged to the Privileges Committee for threatening the life of one of the journalists of the Multimedia Group, Erastus Asare Donkor.
The MP on Friday, July 9, 2021 is reported to have verbally abused and threatened to attack Mr Asare Donkor, and incited the public against the Luv FM journalist.
He said on his TV station-Net 2- that the “shoddy work” of Kumasi-based journalist sparked the recent shootings and killing incidents at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
He said “if I were President, I would have ensured that Erastus Asare Donkor is beaten mercilessly.”
The incident led to the Multimedia and its lawyers petitioning the Deputy Regional Police Commander, Ashanti Region, and demanded security protection for Erastus Asare Donkor.
Citing events that led to the murder of an investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein-Suale, Management of The Multimedia Group described the threats of the MP as, “life-threatening.”
The complaint was copied to 14 officials, including the Chief of Staff, Ministers of Interior and National Security, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Ashanti Regional Minister, the Inspector General of Police, the Director of Criminal Investigation Department.
Others include; the Country Director of Media Foundation for West Africa, the Human Rights Watch, International Federation of Journalists.
On Wednesday Speaker of Parliament was asked by some MPs to refer the Assin Central MP to appear before the Privileges Committee over the threats.
MP for Tamale Central, Ibrahim Murtala Mohammed, who disclosed this on Inside Politics described the statement from Agyapong as “reckless.”
“The speaker ruled [on the motion] and indeed referred the matter to the privileges committee of Parliament,” he told Mugabe Maase.