It has emerged that a scheduled meeting on Thursday between members of Parliament’s Committee on Privileges and Assin Central lawmaker, Ken Agyapong, had to be cancelled because the legislator was out of the country.
Thursday’s meeting between the committee and the maverick MP would have been the first hearing over allegations that he threatened the life of a journalist, Erastus Asare Donkor.
Tamale North MP, Alhassan Suhuyini, who brought the matter of the allegations against the Luv FM journalist to the attention of the Speaker of Parliament – who then referred the matter to the Privileges Committee – has said the legislator is behaving like a coward.
“It came to me as a surprise when the committee indicated to me that they have not been successful at inviting (Kennedy Agyapong) yet due to the fact that he is out of the country.
“I find it unfortunate, and it amounts to an act of cowardice because we’ve all known about this case for some time now,” he said.
Mr Agyapong came under fire two weeks ago for allegedly threatening Erastus Asare Donkor.
He called for the reporter to be beaten following the latter’s testimony before the committee that probed the disturbances at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
The mother company of Luv FM, Multimedia Group, has already petitioned the police over the issue.
The Ghana Journalists Association has also called out Mr Agyapong recalling similar comments made by the MP before the killing of Ahmed Suale, an investigator on Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger-Eye PI team.
Last week, the Deputy Majority Leader and MP for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, offered support to the Assin Central MP.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Mr Afenyo-Markin, who served as legal counsel for the Assin Central MP in a similar invitation to the Privileges Committee, described his colleague’s conduct as a slip.
“The media is not our enemy. We are not enemies to ourselves. Sometimes we slip,” the Deputy Majority leader said.
But Mr. Agyapong has since called the bluff of Parliament, saying he does not care if the House expels him over the matter.
He castigated the Tamale North MP for making the report against him.