Tamale North MP Alhassan Suhuyini has described Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong as a “coward” after travelling outside the country while, thus, making it impossible to be served to appear before the committee for threatening the life of Multimedia Group journalist Erastus Asare Donkor.
Mr Suhuyini, who drew the attention of the Speaker to the alleged threat, told journalists on Thursday, 5 August 2021 that it was baffling Mr Agyapong has not made himself available to be served.“How come they couldn’t find him to serve him?” the opposition MP wondered.
“I have interpreted it to mean he only shows bravery in his comfort zone in Madina but in actual fact, he is a coward because if I were in his shoes and heard the chairman talk about a sitting today, I would have approached the committee to find out if there is an invitation available for me so that I will plan my schedules appropriately and if he didn’t do that then I take it that he deliberately avoided the committee and that’s why they haven’t been able to find him to sever him and I think that’s an act of cowardice”, Mr Suhuyini noted.
The Privileges Committee was expected to start hearing the case against Mr Agyapong today, Thursday, 5 August 2021 for stating on his Net 2 TV programme ‘The Attitude’ on 9 July 2021 that: “We should beat the hell out of Erastus Asare Donkor” and also threatened that if he (Honourable Agyapong) “were the president of Ghana, he would have ensured that Erastus Asare Donkor is beaten mercilessly”.
The TV programme was streamed live and widely published on social media platforms.
The Multimedia Group has made a complaint to the police in the Ashanti region and called on the law enforcement agency to protect Mr Asare.
According to The Multimedia Group, Mr Agyapong threatened their reporter “because of the journalistic work that Mr Asare undertook during the recent shootings and killing incident at Ejura, and his appearance before the Kingsley Koomson Committee investigating the incident.
Speaking on the matter on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, 14 July 2021, Speaker Bagbin said: “This is my first time of hearing this matter and as it is now I am compelled to refer it to the privileges committee. It’s a matter the privileges committee would have to go into and then report to the house and it’s for the house to decide whether the honourable member is contentious of the house”.