The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Alban Bagbin, has referred the Member of Parliament for the Assin Central constituency, Mr Kennedy Agyapong, to the Privileges Committee of the house for allegedly threatening the life of a journalist.
Mr Agyapong is alleged to have threatened Multimedia journalist Erastus Asare Donkor.
He stated on his Net 2 TV programme ‘The Attitude’ on 9 July 2021 that: “We should beat the hell out of Erastus Asare Donkor” and also threatened that if he (Honourable Agyapong) “were the president of Ghana, he would have ensured that Erastus Asare Donkor is beaten mercilessly”.
The TV programme was streamed live and widely published on social media platforms.
The Multimedia group has made a complaint to the police in the Ashanti region and called on the law enforcement agency to protect Mr Asare.
According to Multimedia, Mr Agyapong threatened their reporter “because of the journalistic work that Mr Asare undertook during the recent shootings and killing incident at Ejura, and his appearance before the Kingsley Koomson Committee investigating the incident.
Speaking on the matter on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, 14 July 2021, Speaker Bagbin said: “This is my first time of hearing this matter and as it is now I am compelled to refer it to the privileges committee. it’s a matter the privileges committee would have to go into and then report to the house and it’s for the house to decide whether the honourable member is contentious of the house”.
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