The Deputy Majority Leader and MP for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has offered support to Assin Central MP, Kennedy Agyapong, who has been referred to Parliament’s Privileges Committee for allegedly threatening the life of a journalist.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Mr. Afenyo-Markin, who has served as legal counsel for the Assin Central MP in a similar invitation to the Privileges Committee, described his colleague’s conduct as a slip.
“The media is not our enemy. We are not enemies to ourselves. Sometimes we slip,” the Deputy Majority leader said.
“What is important is for us to take steps or remedy, or resolve when these things happen. We are all human,” he added.
Mr. Afenyo-Markin indicated that Mr. Agyapong has been engaged regarding the incident, adding that “I have received very positive responses from him, and I have no doubt in my mind that steps will be taken to deal with the matter, so there won’t be the need to go into the long haul.”
The MP for Tamale North, Alhassan Suhuyini, a one-time journalist, made the request on the floor of Parliament for the Assin Central legislator to be referred to Parliament’s Privileges Committee over the threats he made.
Mr. Suhuyini argued that the threats from Mr. Agyepong, who doubles as the Chairman of the Defence and Interior Committee of the House, on the life of the journalist were a dent in the reputation of Parliament.