Politics of Sat, 23 Jun 201833
I called parliament ‘cheap’, not ‘useless’; is that an insult? - Ken Agyapong asks
Embattled member of parliament for Assin Central Honourable Kennedy Agyapong has clarified that he called the August house of Parliament “cheap”, and not “useless” as was widely reported.
MyNewsGH.com was the first to make news story out of his tape chastising Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu for trying to restrain him from dealing with ace investigative journalist Anas Armeyaw Anas over the Number 12 football exposé.
Speaking to media men following his invitation to the Privileges Committee of Parliament for his comments, Kennedy Agyapong said his fellow MPs should make efforts to listen to the tape.
“Where did I insult Parliament? Then I responded to my leader which I have apologized that when he has a problem with me, he should call me and ask. If you have information why are you talking like this? I mean, we are in the same party and I will be in a radio station talking and my leader will condemn me and I said I respect him but I don’t like the way he tries to disrespect and when it comes to success, I don’t think he has done much than me that anytime he tries to discredit me. Is that an insult?” He asked.
“I said Parliament has become cheap and that is why the guy at Happy FM spoke that way, okay. I’ll repeat it because Parliament is cheap that is why Muntaka will put up that attitude without even a whole Member of Parliament – you don’t even listen to the tape and consume information and you just come to Parliament and say that I insulted Parliament. Let them play the tape – where I insulted Parliament.” He asked again.
“Don’t even annoy me and I say worst things. I’m not scared of anybody, okay. I’m not and I repeat I’m not scared of anybody in this country. I made my life and I’m telling you – you see they consume information and that is the most dumb statement he has ever made. He is a dumb MP and now I take him on one-on-one.
Let him go to the Privileges Committee that I Kennedy Agyapong says he is a dumb MP because he did not even listen to the context of the issue and just dragged the matter to … – where did I insult Parliamentarians? ” he asked again and again.
“The guy rather insulted me and I responded that Parliament doesn’t give me money – how much – GHC11,000? I give ‘chop money’ more than that and that is what I said. And I said because we’ve made Parliament cheap that is why the guy could go to Happy FM and talk the way he spoke. Is it an insult to Parliament?” Be further asked.
“If he is not a dumb MP – now I am saying it – if he is not a dumb MP, he wouldn’t have taken the thing to Privileges Committee because he did not even listen”.
“I am not scared of anybody. I am telling you because I am pissed. I respect Parliament and therefore I am going to be there [Privileges Committee] but Muntaka is a dumb MP. Let them play the tape for people to see where I am coming from.
I respect people but if somebody will go to Happy FM and say that that MP I will never call him an MP and if he can’t stand Anas, he should go and live in Togo and you MP do not find anything wrong? That is a dumb MP.
Now I am stressing it, he is a dumb MP and I’m not scared of anybody. They shouldn’t challenge me. I am restraining myself because of the Leader. If Muntaka wants a showdown with me, I will give him a showdown but I want to remind him during the vetting what he told me to go and tell Ursula.”