Chief Whip of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Caucus in parliament and Member of Parliament for Asawase in the Ashanti region, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak has expressed shock at the manner in which the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Asin Central Constituency, Kennedy Agyapong conducted himself during the process to elect the new speaker of parliament on Thursday, January 7.
Mr. Muntaka said this when he was speaking to the media following the brawl that characterised the even yesterday at the august house.
According to the MP, for the sixteen years he has served the country in parliament, his had never been in good terms with his colleague, Kennedy Agyapong, and to see him asking him to cool down was surprising.
“For the 16 years that I have been in Parliament, Kennedy Agyapong has never been my friend. Because, I didn’t like his way of doing things”, he said.
“But, two nights ago, I was surprised he approached me to calm me down. Such a good gesture is worth commending”, Muntaka Mubarak added.
On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, the two (2) MPs just before proceedings started that morning met and used abusive and insulting words against each other.
The fisticuffs happened a day after the Assin Central MP was dragged to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee by the Asawase MP, for allegedly inciting the public against the late investigative journalist, Ahmed Hussein Suale, who was murdered by unknown assailants.
Many political analysts said that was first incident the house recorded as Ghana’s first parliament boxing match.
First, it was the NDC MPs occupying the majority side of Parliament, leading to the House be thrown into disarray after the legitimacy of the Assin North MP-elect, James Gyakye Quayson was questioned by Effutu MP, Alexander Afenyo Markin.
Then the appearance of a military team, armed to its teeth in the chamber and the decision by the Tema West MP, Carlos Ahenkorah to snatch some ballot papers led to punches being thrown, and insults hurled at each other.