NPP demonstration ‘empties’ House

Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu,Minority Leader (2)The Minority New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament (MPs), failed to turn up in the House yesterday to participate in the day’s proceedings.

Out of the 123 NPP MPs, only two were present-Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, MP for Dormaa Central, and Kwabena Appiah Pinkrah, MP for Akrofuom.

Explaining why the Minority members could not attend the proceedings, Mr. Agyeman-Manu said his colleagues had joined their party’s street demonstration against the power challenges, among other crises Ghanaians are facing.

“Mr. Speaker, there is a massive street demonstration in town. My colleagues had no option than to join the party in the demonstration against the power and several other things,” he said.

Reacting to the excuse given by the Dormaa Central MP, the Deputy Majority Leader, Alfred Kwame Agbesi, took a swipe at the Minority MPs for abandoning the House to join the street demonstration.

He said in as much as they (Minority) had the right to demonstrate against the government, they should not abdicate their responsibilities in the House to join street demonstrations.

He said the MPs had been elected to the House to represent their constituents, but had decided to abandon their duties to join their party’s street demonstration.

“My colleague said their members had no option than to follow their party to demonstrate. Mr. Speaker, they had an option.”

“They have a duty to perform in this House. They have chosen between going to the street to demonstrate as against the work they have been elected to do,” he said.

Before the issue could generate into a banter in the House, the Speaker, Edward Adjaho, intervened and said that he was aware of the Minority MPs’ decision to join their party’s demonstration.

He said the Minority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, informed him the day before the demonstration, and asked for permission on behalf of his members, and added that the permission was granted.

Later, the MP for Asikuma, Odoben, Brakwa, delivered a statement on the International Childhood Cancer Day which fell on Sunday February 15.

The House also adopted a report by the Committee on Science, Environment and Technology on the environmental challenges in the country. The Customs Bill 2014, was also taken through the Consideration Stage.

By Yaw Kyei

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