July 13, 2013

The Member of Parliament for Menhyia South, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has denied insulting the people of Ashaiman while arguing with the MP for the area, Alfred Agbeshie in Parliament.

On Friday, Mathew Opoku Prempeh, told journalists that whatever he said on the floor of Parliament was directed at the person of the Ashaiman MP and NOT the people of Ashaiman.

His response comes after some youth and Queen-mothers of Ashaiman held a press conference calling on the Manhyia MP to retract his comments and apologize to the people of Ashaiman.

Last week, Mr. Opoku Prempeh reportedly exchanged words with the deputy majority leader, Alfred Agbeshie, which the people of Ashaiman found insulting.

Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Opoku Prempeh said he found it necessary to respond to the press conference of the people of Ashaiman because the banter in parliament had nothing to do with them.

“It was a banter between me and an honourable colleague, which had nothing to do with any third person. Nowhere in those exchanges was the word Ashaiman used. Hon Agbeshie comes from a village so why didn’t the village folk come and say I was describing them?”

He further mentioned, “It is just some people with a sinister motive who will go there to cause disaffection by being mischievous but I am saying it would not hold…”

Meanwhile, Ashaiman MP, Alfred Agbesi said it will be wrong for anyone from Ashaiman to attack his colleague MP from the Menhyia South Constituency.

“If the people are attacking him then it is unfortunate. I was with him on that very day and we left for Koforidua for a workshop. We even shared jokes at the restaurant,” he stated.

Click on the audio attached above to listen to the interviews with Hon Agbeshie and Hon Opoku Prempeh