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Kennedy Agyapong swerves Privileges Committee

Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong, on Thursday failed to appear before the privileges committee over a contempt case brought against him.

The committee had to cancel its scheduled hearing today because the clerk of Parliament could not serve him the letter of invitation since he is out of the jurisdiction.

Mr Agyapong was referred to the committee following some comments he made against a Multimedia journalist, Erastus Asare Donkor,  after the latter appeared to testify before the committee that probed the Ejura unrest.

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Speaking with the Press Corps, Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini, who first raised the matter on the floor of the House chided Agyapong for dodging the committee.

Mr Suhuyini who is the petitioner in the case expressed his readiness to appear before the committee to testify and described Agyapong as a coward for refusing to appear before the committee.

Alhassan Suhiyini, MP for Tamale North.

“He is a coward, he’s been voted to serve his constituency and the good people of Ghana so I do not find another business under the circumstance outside the jurisdiction important than the business of parliament,” he told XYZ Parliamentary correspondent, Princess Arita Anim.

The legislator has however commended all his colleague MPs who have supported him in this case.

Background

The vociferous MP on Friday, July 9, 2021, is reported to have verbally abused and threatened to attack the Luv FM journalist and incited the public against him.

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

 

Source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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