A Ghanaian Member of Parliament (MP) has been forced to apologise for calling the country’s parliament “useless and cheap” in public.

MP for Assin Central, Ken Agyapong, apologised after he was questioned by the Chairman of the Privileges Committee of Parliament, Joe Osei Wusu.

“I do not have a problem if parliament feels offended. I apologise. I’m not a tin god,” said Agyapong, before explaining that he had not described parliament as cheap but only useless.

But his denial didn’t wash, as his words were recorded and then played before parliament.

Further confusion was caused by the fact that in the local Akan dialect the words for cheap and useless sound similar leaving what the MP said open to interpretation.

Despite his apology, the committee will sit again to make a final determination on the matter.

-       African News Agency (ANA)