18:35, 28.Jul 2018
Mr Kennedy Agyapong, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Assin Central says he won’t seek re-election in 2020.
In a radio interview on Accra based Asempa FM Tuesday afternoon, Mr Agyapong.
Mr. Agyapong, will soon be 60 years and he has said he will want to live a comfortable life outside of politics when his current term ends.
“They think if you are not in Parliament, you can’t live a comfortable life. I will have a comfortable life being outside of politics. I will be 60 soon and I want to live a comfortable life,” he added when he appeared on the Ekosii Sen programme on Asempa FM.
His decision not to seek re-election comes on the back of a pending defamatory case against him in Parliament.
Parliament’s Privileges Committee has recommended that Mr. Agyapong should either be suspended from Parliament or reprimanded for insulting the House.
Mr. Agyapong said he is not perturbed by indications Parliament was going to sanction him for contempt if Parliament resumes after recess.
“If you sanction me I don’t care. If I’m sanctioned for days, I will travel and transact business to make more money,” he said.
Mr. Agyapong reportedly described the House as “useless” for having Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu as its Majority leader on Accra-based Net2 TV, which belongs to him.
He was responding to comments by a New Patriotic Party (NPP) Ashanti Regional executive on the exposé by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
These comments compelled Muntaka Mubarak to file a motion to refer him to Parliament’s Privileges Committee.
Mr. Agyapong contended that Muntaka Mubarak’s referral was based on comments taken out of context.
Kennedy Agyapong had described Muntaka Mubarak as dumb for referring him to Parliament’s Privileges Committee over the purported insult.
He insisted that Assin Central MP’s conduct was unfit for someone in the legislature.
After being queried during the committee sittings, Mr. Agyapong apologized for making the alleged contemptuous comments about the legislature in public.
“I do not have a problem if Parliament feels offended. I apologize. I’m not a tin god.”
But the committee is yet to give a final ruling on the matter.
Source : graphic.com.gh