After the boycott Thursday February 20, 2020, the majority side led by Ursula Owusu-Ekuful vehemently declared their resistance against the minority MPs’ involvement in the upcoming debate.
Majority leader Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu from his submission in parliament yesterday, February 21, 2020, declined to take the side of members of his party.
Arguing on the full basis of the laws of parliament, the Majority Leader said even though the minority erred by walking out in a crucial address, they cannot be denied the right to perform their functions.
“ Mr. Speaker, our orders provide that at the end of a debate, a question will be put and the rules provide that members who are not in the chamber when an issue is being discussed still have the right ones they enter the chamber to participate in voting. What it means is that, if members were not in the chamber to listen to the president, they still technically, have the right to contribute to the debate. Our laws allow them to do that. The issue may be a matter of morality…but technically they cannot be faulted if they want to contribute to the debate…”
Punching back Osei-Kyei Mensah Bonsu, Ursula Owusu speaking in a TV interview after the State of Nation Address monitored by MyNewsGh.com, dared her colleagues on the minority side to appear in parliament for the debate.
“What will they be debating? It is the duty of the speaker to regulate the conduct of members of parliament. You were not part of the presentation of the SONA. You didn’t deem it worth your time to sit and listen to it, what moral right you have to sit and debate” she said.
“They should boycott the debate as well. They should do the noble and the honorable thing and follow through this path that they have embarked on. Our leader has made a plea to the speaker that, if they were not here, they not be allowed to debate, it is up to the speaker to determine, but if they attempt it, they will see us in the house…,” she added.
Source:MyNewsGh.com/Michael Agyapong Agyapa/2020