Controversial MP, Kennedy Agyapong today July 3, appeared before the Privileges Committee of Parliament over his purported contemptuous utterances against Parliament and the Majority leader Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu.
Kennedy Agyapong refused to show up weeks ago when he was invited by the Joe Osei Owusu-led committee.
The NPP lawmaker has been accused by the MP for Asawase Constituency in the Ashanti Region, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka-Mubarak, of referring to Parliament as “a cheap and useless assembly”.
He alleged that Agyapong had stated in the audio and video that “if this House were not useless, they would not have the likes of Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu as its leader”.
Kennedy Agyapong who appeared with his lawyers, KT Hammond and Alexander Afenyo-Markin, who are also MPs, refused to sit by the complainant as was arranged by the committee.
The lawyers of the accused MP argued among other things that some members of the committee had prejudiced themselves by commenting on the matter through interviews with journalists ahead of the hearing.
They also presented a letter indicating that members of the committee from the Central region intend to recuse themselves from the hearing due to their relationship with the accused.
The MPs are Naana Ayiah, Cynthia Morrison and Samuel Nsowa-Djan
Because some members of the committee had recused themselves from the hearing, the sitting was suspended.