Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong is the poorest man in Ghana because all he has is money and nothing else, Asawase MP Muntaka Mubarak has said.
Responding to Mr Agyapongâ€™s description of him as a â€œdumb MPâ€, Mr Muntaka waxed philosophical, saying the maverick politician, who always boasts about his wealth, is â€œrudeâ€ and â€œpoorâ€ because he has â€œno valueâ€ to his life.
Mr Agyapong attacked Mr Muntaka for reporting him to parliament for allegedly denigrating the Majority Leader and by extension, the entire House.
The matter has been referred to the Privileges Committee of parliament for hearing.
Angered by Mr Muntakaâ€™s move, Mr Agyapong told journalists on Friday that the Minority Chief Whip was a dumb legislator who took his comments out of context. He also threatened to expose Mr Muntaka as far as certain comments he allegedly made about Communication Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, is concerned.
Responding to Mr Agyapongâ€™s invectives and threats, Mr Muntaka told Umara Sanda Amadu of Accra-based Citi FM that: â€œI donâ€™t think anybody is afraid of him because nobody eats from his home, and for him to say: â€˜If I dare himâ€¦â€™, Iâ€™m daring him now, he should say anything because heâ€™s never been a friend â€¦â€
He continued: â€œThatâ€™s a rude person because everything he has is about money, and you know, when all the things that you have on this earth is about money then you are very poor, heâ€™s a very poor person but he doesnâ€™t know, heâ€™s throwing his weight all around that heâ€™s rich, rich in what, money? Ask any wise person: If all you have is money, then you are very poor. So, nobody eats from his home, nobody is afraid of him, I think that what he has done is a contempt to parliamentâ€.
Mr Muntaka also threw a challenge to the Assin Central MP, saying: â€œI dare him, if he thinks heâ€™s a man, he should meet me in the corridors of parliament and try to misbehave towards me and the whole world will hear us. I grew up [in] the jungle where every day we wrestle and I canâ€™t come to Accra and be afraid of anybody, not even somebody like him Hon. Ken. â€¦If he is a man, he should just meet me in the corridors of parliament and try to misbehave towards me and the whole world will hear us. Iâ€™m not afraid of him, and I donâ€™t think anybody in that house is afraid of himâ€.
He added: â€œYou know how we behave in the zongo, we have a common proverb that you are very much aware of: â€˜You donâ€™t cheat but you donâ€™t allow anybody to cheat youâ€™; â€˜you donâ€™t start the fight but you wonâ€™t allow anybody to bring it to you and you walk awayâ€™â€.
â€œItâ€™s about timeâ€, Mr Muntaka said: â€œThat somebody knocked some sense into his head because he thinks that this country belongs to him and this country doesnâ€™t belong to him, you have the right to make your views in the strongest terms that you can, but you donâ€™t have the right to be insulting people all around.
â€œI strongly believe that parliament should suspend this gentleman for the rest of the year, he doesnâ€™t deserve to be sitting in the house throwing insults at everybody when he is a member of parliament, we need to take that privilege off him so that people can deal with him as a street person because he doesnâ€™t regard anybody â€¦ He is the poorest man in this country because all he has is money. He has nothing. Go to the streets and ask the ordinary person whether they see him with value, all he has is moneyâ€.