Legislator for Assin Central Kennedy Agyapong has expressed his thoughts on his referral and two of his colleague lawmakers to the privileges committee by Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin.
The maverick legislator has expressed his readiness to show proof that he is Innocent.
“Privileges Committee, Ablakwa claims I have absented myself for 15 days, I have my medical records so I don’t want to answer to them. I have my medical records,” he stated on Accra-based Happy FM.
“I was supposed to go back to America for review on the 27th of January, because of E-Levy and Ghana first, I have sacrificed it and I am here.
“I have read the law… it affects a person who has absented themselves from Parliament for fifteen straight days. Not the number of absenteeism across a term. If so, a lot of MPs will be sacked.
“I am not worried, you know how any person who stands by the truth is persecuted by the system? So, I am not worried, let them invite me, I will respect them and go there accordingly and give them proof,” he stressed.
The other legislators Mr Bagbin referred to the Committee are Sarah Adwoa Safo, Dome Kwabenya and Henry Quartey, Aywaso Central.
Mr Bagbin added that the report of the Committee will be submitted to the House and the House will make a decision based on it.
“Privilege’s committee, you are so directed, handle the matter, report back to the House,” Mr Bagbin said.
Former Member of Parliament for Kumbungu Ras Mubarak petitioned the Speaker to discipline these lawmakers for absenting themselves from Parliament without permission.
In his petition, he said “It has come to my notice through parliament’s Hansard, and newspaper and radio report that some four Members of Parliament, namely Hon. Sarah Adwoa Safo, MP for Dome-Kwabenya; Hon. Henry Quartey, MP for Ayawaso Central; Hon. Ebenezer Kojo Kum, MP for Ahanta West; and Hon. Ken Ohene Agyapong, MP for Assin Central have all absented themselves from Parliament for more than fifteen sittings of a meeting of Parliament without the permission of Mr Speaker in writing.
“In view of this reported breach of the constitutional provision, I respectfully petition your high office to direct for their conduct to be referred to the Privileges Committee for consideration and necessary action.”