From Issah Alhassan, Kumasi
THE WOES of the embattled Member of Parliament (MP) for Asokwa, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, appear to be far from over, as information available to The Chronicle, reveals that he would soon be sanctioned before the party’s Disciplinary Committee to answer questions bordering on his recent comment.
In spite of the widespread public condemnation from members of the party, and the subsequent request for forgiveness, the firebrand NPP legislator would have to clear another hurdle, as he comes face to face with the regulatory committee of the party, to defend himself over disparaging comments he made against the former Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, Mad. Patricia Appiagyei.
Also to appear before the Regional Discipline Committee, according to reliable information, to answer questions bordering on misconduct, include the former Communications Director of the party, Mr. Kwaku Kwarteng, and the MP for Obuasi, Mr. Edward Ennin.
The actions of the three party members are in breach of the Articles 2 section 20 and 4 section 7 (iii) of the Constitution of the party, which spells out appropriate sanctions against members for any form of misconduct.
Article 4 (7) (iii) of the party’s Constitution states: “Any member who uses violent, intimidating conducts bringing the name of the party into disrepute and public ridicule,” while that of Clause 2(20) states: “The aims and objectives of the party is to give equal opportunity to women at all levels, so that they can contribute to the development of the nation.”
The decision to sanction the three party members, according to information, follows recommendations by the national hierarchy of the party, headed by Mr. Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, and was a move to truncate all forms of indiscipline, ahead of next year’s parliamentary primaries.
The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the party, Mr. Frederick Fredua Antoh, who confirmed the information to the paper, said the Committee would invite the three members in due course, to face appropriate sanctions.
He said the National Chairman of the party presented a petition to the Regional Executive, and recommended that the behaviour of the three leading members be referred to the regulatory committee for the necessary action to be taken.
“We received an official petition from the National Chairman of the party on Wednesday, and we have referred it to the Discipline Committee; we would be awaiting their recommendations,” he noted.
Mr. Antoh said after the Discipline Committee had finished with its investigations, it would present its findings to the Regional Executive Committee (REC) for implementation.
He said, being cognizant of the negative repercussions of such behaviour on the electoral chances of the party, the authorities would not sit down unconcerned, and allow members to drag the name and reputation of the party into the mud, because of their personal ambitions.
“We know the harm some of these misconducts caused to our party during the 2008 election, and we are no more going to countenance that; any member who trespasses, will be severely dealt with, no matter your status,” he cautioned.
Mr. Antoh indicated that in the case of Mr. Jumah, he had contravened one of the major principles of the party, which is to give women a voice, and empower them to contribute meaningfully to the development of the party, and the country in general.
The Asokwa MP caused an uproar last Tuesday, when he openly attacked, and made a sexually-offensive remark against the former mayor of Kumasi, Mad. Patricia Appiagyei, after news broke out that the latter was eyeing the Asokwa seat on the ticket of the party.
The ex-Director of Communications, Kwaku Kwarteng, and the incumbent MP for Obuasi, were also alleged to have muddied themselves, when they engaged in a verbal brawl on a local radio station, Shaft FM, at Obuasi.