MPs want Kofi Boakye summoned for threatening to arrest MP

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Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kofi Boakye, faces a possible contempt for allegedly threatening to arrest a Member of Parliament without recourse to the Speaker.

The Police Commander is reported to have declared the Member of Parliament for Asante Akyem North, Mr Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, as wanted for allegedly inciting some youth in his constituency to clash with Fulani herdsmen in the area

There were earlier reports Thursday evening that the MP has been arrested together with Ernest Owusu Bempah, a member of the National Democratic Party, which the MP came out to deny.

He told TV3 Online Thursday night: “It’s not true! The Police can’t arrest me. I’m a Member of Parliament, you can’t arrest me without getting clearance from the Speaker”.

When Parliament resumed sitting Friday, some MP’s took exception to the purported statements made on radio by the Police Commander, which they found to be contemptuous of Parliament, TV3’s Catherine Frimponmaa reported.

They thus urged the Speaker, Edward Doe Adjaho, to summon the DCOP Kofi Boakye before the Privileges Committee to explain why he threatened to arrest the MP and possibly purge himself.

Led by the ranking Member for Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Joseph Osei Owusu, the MPs argued that the action by DCOP Kofi Boakye is in clear violation of Article 122 of the country’s constitution which forbids anyone from obstructing an MP from carrying out his Parliamentary duties.

Mr Baah Agyemang claimed the Commander called him on phone Friday morning to threaten him with an arrest and quoted DCOP Boakye as having told him he [DCOP Boakye] does not care about the fact that he is an MP

Responding, Mr Doe Adjaho said he needed to get all the facts before he can exercise his discretion on whether to refer the matter to the Privileges Committee as requested by the MPs

“I need to get all the facts before I even decide to exercise my discretion of referring to the Privileges Committee. I have to get all the facts, that is why normally notice is given, the facts are made available to the Speaker before the issue is raised,” Mr. Adjaho stated

Source: 3news.com By Stephen Kwabena Effah

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