General News of Wednesday, 6 July 2016
The Speaker of Parliament has now been formally petitioned to open investigations into the conduct of Assin North Member of Parliament (MP), Kennedy Agyapong.
A petition to that effect was handed to the speaker by some women groups from the Central Region.
They want Mr Agyapong summoned before the Privileges Committee, following his allegations that the chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC), Charlotte Osei traded s3x for her job.
Leader of the group, Akua Swanzy told Joy News in an interview that women in the country feel insulted by the MP’s comments.
“I am so sad and sickened about this,” she stressed.
She said the MP’s blatant disregard for women and his refusal to apologise for his damning comments is unacceptable.
“I am doing this to ensure that girls are not demoralised, so that they do not think that when they get higher they will be branded as a s3x machine,” she said.
Meanwhile, the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) says it will not encourage any party member who resorts to politics of insult in their quest to criticize the ills of society.
The party has come under criticism following its failure to comment on the recent derogatory comments made by the MP for Assin Central Kennedy Agyepong.
Acting General Secretary of the party, John Boadu says the party will not condone such acts in the future.
“I and the NPP believe that we can go about our politics in a decorous manner. We will not encourage any of our members to attack personalities,” he said.
“We believe that if there is a need to criticise, you can criticise constructively and the Electoral Commissioner or any other state institution is not an exception,” he added.
Mr Boadu further said, “If you sometimes are not careful, the way the EC is behaving, it looks like they are biased so it leaves no surprising that people will want to criticize them the way they do.”
Although he didn’t condemn or support what the MP said, he indicated that “what I am saying is that we all as a people must go about our politics with decorum…it is not like the NPP is in support of the attack.”