Parliament Privileges committee will today meet the Assin Central Member of Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong, following an allegation that he made comments against a journalist unbecoming of a legislator.
However, reports indicate that, Committee Members are divided on whether the hearing should be conducted publicly or in-camera.
On Monday, July 26, 2021, the Committee members met to establish the modalities for the inquiry and resolve sticking points.
The MP was referred to the Committee by the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, following a petition submitted by another legislator, Alhassan Suhuyini.
The maverick MP is alleged to have threatened the life of Erastus Asare Donkor, a journalist attached to Luv FM in Kumasi, over the journalist’s coverage of the chaos that erupted Ejura.
”We should beat the hell out of Erastus” the MP said on July 9, 2021, on his Tv station. He added that if he were the president, he would ensure the journalist is beaten mercilessly.
The MP accuses Erastus of inciting residents to go on a rampage during his coverage.
Chair of the Committee, Joseph Osei Bonsu, has said the 31-member bi-partisan committee is committed to probing the issues raised in the petition the Speaker received.
”In the court, we don’t have the liberty to receive a petition from anywhere else. Any matter we will consider is the matter referred to the Committee by the Speaker. So if anybody has any issue, i think that they should take the formal process of sending the petition to the Speaker,;; he said.
Civil Society Organisations have condemned the comments by the MP.
The Social Democracy and Development Dialogue Forum-Africa (SDDDF Africa), a public Interest Organisation, has cautioned Parliament against treating Mr Agyapong as a first-time offender when he appears before the committee to answer questions bordering on his allege abuse of privilege.
The outspoken MP has been dragged before the Committee three times for comments deemed inappropriate.