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Parliament refuses Ken Agyapong’s suspension

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The contempt case involving Assin Central MP Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, hangs in the balance despite a recommendation by the Privileges Committee that he be punished for calling parliament “cheap” and “useless”.

The House was expected to take a definite decision on the recommendation on Saturday 28 July 2018 before rising but could not do so.

The Joe Osei-Wusu-led committee proposed either a suspension or reprimand for the maverick politician.

“The committee has carefully considered the matter 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 enactment, and concluded that the honourable 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”.

“Accordingly, the committee recommends to the House to adopt its report and sanction honourable Ken Ohene Agyapong by suspending him for the rest of this session or reprimand him”.

The proposed sanctions by the committee come despite Mr. Agyepong’s denial that he called the House “useless” when he appeared for them.

Parliament however could not exact the sanction today during their break which date to resume is in September.

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