Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Hon Inusah Abdulai B. Fuseini, has indicated that, the Minority in Parliament has nothing against Hon Kennedy Agyapong.
He made this statement on ‘Omanbapa Kasa’ morning show on Pink FM hosted by Kofi Asamoah Aning.
The Honourable stated, “The 1992 Constitution Article 122 protects the dignity and sanctity of Parliament, so no one must take actions to tarnish the image of Parliament”. He further explained that every institution including Parliament, has its own code of ethics which intends to govern the utterances, dressing, and disposition of its members. Again, he was on the view that, the code of ethics does not only cover the Parliamentarians but also “outsiders” will be dealt with severely if they disgrace the law-making body.
“We have the Constitution, Standing Orders and the Code of Ethics and even if you are not a Member of Parliament but, you say something in such a way that goes against the Legislature, lower its dignity or bring it into contempt in the eyes of Public, it is contemptuous of Parliament”
The MP who also acted as Minister for Lands and Natural Resources made mention that, in a democratic country like Ghana, freedom of speech is guaranteed but one must be responsible for what he/she says and cited Kennedy Agyapong’s issue as an example regarding his remarks as one that stained the image of Parliament.
Mr Inusah Fuseini debunked any publication linking him to a statement that Kennedy Agyapong can be sacked from Parliament but rather provided some suggestions which he called as range of sanctions that could be meted out to someone referred to Privileges Committee. “A person before the Privileges Committee when found guilty can be cautioned or to the extreme can be expelled from Parliament”, he emphasised.
He finalised by advising the parliamentarians to desist from abusive languages and urged them to speak with respect when they are called to speak on any media platforms.
Source: Elizabeth Adomah/Sarah Appiah/ pinkfmonlinegh.com