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‘You Are Not Above The Law’ – Kennedy Agyapong In Hot Water As Parliament Summons Him Over Threat On Multimedia Reporter

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The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has directed Parliament’s Privileges Committee to investigate the conduct of Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyapong following alleged threats on a journalist.

Bagbin wants the committee to investigate and report to the House whether the recent utterances and conduct of the MP for Assin Central amounted to contempt of the House and abuse of parliamentary privileges.

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The request for the referral to the privileges committee was by the Member of Parliament for Tamale North Alhassan Suhuyini drew the attention of the Speaker to the comments by the Assin Central MP and the action taken by the Multimedia Group against him.

 

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According to Suhuyini, the position of Agyapong as chair of the Defense Committee as well as recent unpopular comments associated with him warrants that Parliament takes action against him [Agyapong].

The Speaker in referring Agyapong to the Privileges Committee said, “The House’s attention is drawn to the conduct of one of our members and under Order 27, which I want to quote says: notwithstanding anything contained in these orders, Speaker may refer any question of privilege to the committee of privileges for examination, investigation, and report.”

Bagbin said, “In spite of the word notwithstanding, the Speaker in giving his discretion may request any question of privileges. I think that’s why the Honourable Member is seeking my intervention to refer the matter to the Privileges Committee.”

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He added: “This is my first time hearing this matter. As it is now, I am compelled to refer it to the Privileges Committee. It’s a matter the Privileges Committee will have to go into and then report to the House and it is for us to decide whether the Honorable Member is contemptuous of the House.

“In the circumstance, I direct that this matter be directed to the committee of privileges for investigation and report, I so direct.”
Bagbin also cautioned MPs to be mindful of their conduct and also emphasized the limitations of the privileges they enjoy.

 

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On Friday, 9 July 2021, Agyapong was reported to have verbally abused and threatened to attack Erastus Asare Donkor, “for the journalistic work that the latter undertook during the recent shootings and killing incident at Ejura” on Net 2 TV.

Agyapong was filmed on a live programme which was widely published on social media platforms, stating that, “if he [Agyapong] were president, he would have ensured that Erastus Asare Donkor is beaten mercilessly.”

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Mahama Pays Glowing Tribute To Ama Benyiwa Doe

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Mahama Pays Glowing Tribute To Ama Benyiwa Doe

Former President John Mahama has paid a glowing tribute to National Democratic Congress (NDC) stalwart, Ama Benyiwa Doe.

The NDC 2020 presidential candidate has described the latter as a true gender activist, following the news of her denise.

Mr Mahama made the remark in a post on Facebook, stating she was a champion of women’s rights.

To him, the former Central Regional Minister under the erstwhile Atta Mills administration was one of the most inspirational icons to have served NDC and Ghana at large.

He wrote: I have received, with deep sadness, news of the demise of one of the most inspirational icons to have served our party, the NDC, and this great nation.

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She was not only a politician but also a gender activist and champion of women’s rights. Ama Benyiwa Doe was an embodiment of limitless courage, commitment, and passion for service.

May her soul rest in eternal glory.

The former minister and Member of Parliament (MP) died on Sunday, September 19, 2021, in Tema.

She was 73.

She was first elected into Parliament during the December 1992 general election on the ticket of the NDC as MP for the Gomoa West Constituency in the Central Region.

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Chereponi Chairman Attacked by NPP Supporters Over DCE Nomination (Video)

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Chereponi Chairman Attacked by NPP Supporters Over DCE Nomination (Video)

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman for the Chereponi district has been brutally assaulted by party youth following the release of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s list for the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executive (MMDCEs) Sunday.

A video circulating on social media shows the chairman being mobbed by the marauding party youth and subjected to severe beatings while some policemen make efforts to save him from the wild attacks with warning shots.

In a report filed by Kasapafmonline sighted by GhArticles.com, reports say the party office has been set ablaze amidst the tension.

Earlier on, police in a statement announced an intel regarding a demonstration set to be embarked upon by some members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who were aggrieved that their favourite candidate, S.K. Orlando, was not recommended for nomination.

“The Chereponi District Police Command upon receipt of the information quickly invited the Chereponi constituency chairman, Aliu Suleman and some of the youth leaders and after discussing, the chairman and the youth leaders realized the need to keep the peace and abide by the advice of the police not proceed with the demonstration. They also promised to go by the Police Order Act and notify the police accordingly, should they intend to organize the demonstration.”

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The police had also engaged S.K Orlando who was urged to calm his supporters down.

But the youth are unwilling to back down as tension escalates at Chereponi over the DCE nomination.

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Hon. Dan Botwe Releases Full List Of MMDCE Nominees

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Hon. Dan Botwe Releases Full List Of MMDCE Nominees

The Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Dan Botwe has released the list of nominees for Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Dan Botwe said the list has been forwarded to the Regional Ministers for the approval process to begin.

“They (Regional Ministers) are going to contact from tomorrow, Regional Directors of the Electoral Commission, get in touch with the Presiding Members of the various Assemblies and start the process of confirming Mr President’s nominees,” he said.

He also condemned the demonstrations embarked on by some party faithful following rumours that some MMDCEs have not been retained.

Mr Botwe stated that regardless of who has been chosen by the President, all MMDCEs, like other government appointees, have been selected to serve the community just like all others.

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“Well-meaning Ghanaians know that we all are aspiring to serve our motherland and if an opportunity is not given at a particular time for you to serve there cannot be any reason whatsoever, why there should be a disturbance,” he added.

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