Parliament Should Call Kennedy Agyapong To Order

The law, we are told is no respecter of person, but happenings in the country, run contrary to that.

Members of Parliament (MPs), because of what they represent in the society, are given certain privileges. It is said that, to whom much is given, much is expected, but how much do we expect of our leaders, whom we give much of our resources.

The president is mandated by the Constitution, to choose majority of his ministers from parliament, we pay them ex-gratia every four years, whether you retain your Seat or lose.

Towards the end of last week, an issue that has come up time and time again, reared its ugly head.

It was one of those rare moments, when our legislators agree to agree. The police Criminal Investigations Division (CID) in carrying out its investigations of a case brought before it by the president, invited the deputy minister of Transport, Anthony Karbo, to help in its investigations, we were reminded by the MPs that, they sacred cows and so the police CID, had no right to invite the deputy minister, without the express permission of the Speaker.

MPs, have been given carte blanche to commit crime and hide under the cloak of privilege. What they are invariably telling the rest of us is that, they are not subject to the laws they enact.

One of their own, who has constituted himself into a nuisance and suffers from the excessive need to be seen and heard, has gone berserk.

Legislators should use their Standing Orders that, they invoke to invite members of the public to the Privileges Committee to call one of their own to order.

This is not the first time Kennedy Agyapong’s utterances and actions, has brought the name of parliament into disrepute.

Charity, it is said begins at home, parliament must begin to come down hard on its recalcitrant members, if they want to be taken serious.

People have every right to disagree with the modus operandi of Tiger Eye PI, as a newspaper, we had in the Judges expose cross swords with Anas Armeyaw Anas, but the extent to which Kennedy Agyapong has gone, is close to madness.

Anas Armeyaw Anas’s pictures were shown on Net 2 television like a wanted criminal.

The National Communication Authourity (NCA), the National Media Commission (NMC) and the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA), must in unison condemn the actions of the television station, and sanction if necessary.

 

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