Member of Parliament for Banda and Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Ahmed Ibrahim, has accused the Majority Leader of the house, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, of “controlling and misleading” the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Ocquaye.
His assertion is in response to Hon. Kyei Mensah Bonsu’s earlier claim that the Minority in Parliament are being micro managed by the former Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Doe Adjaho.
The Minority in Parliament, on Thursday, led by their Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak, threatened to impeach the Speaker of Parliament for exhibiting bias against them in discharge of his duties.
The minority complained that the speaker has not been according them the needed respect and also denying them the opportunity to effectively debate and contribute to national issues, cataloguing a number of critical occasions the Speaker had denied them the opportunity to voice out their disagreements, and also question Ministers of State who appear before the house to respond to some nagging issues confronting the country.
Voicing out the minority’s ‘frustration’ on Onua FM’s morning show “Yen Nsem Pa”, the Deputy Minority Chief Whip, debunked the Majority Leader’s accusations, and also accused him of “misleading” the current Speaker of the house.
He explained that “Parliament is suffering today because the Majority Leader (a non-Lawyer) is controlling the Speaker of the house, who is supposed to be a lawyer, and so he should stop pointing accusing fingers on the former Speaker”, he told Bright Kwesi Asempa, host of the “Yen Nsem Pa” show, on Friday.
He further explained that the Minority reacted the way they did on Thursday because to them the actions of the Speaker was becoming unbearable.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Majority Chief Whip, Matthew Nyindam, defended the actions of the Speaker, describing him as the most “accommodating, Liberal and Lenient Speaker of Parliament” he has ever work with.
He observed that the Minority are taking advantage of the Speaker’s leniency to engage in “Propaganda” against the Speaker, adding that Minority should have used the appropriate procedure, as outline in the standing orders of the house, to draw the speaker’s attention to their concerns.
The Kpandai legislator posited that, even though the Majority Leader is not a trained Lawyer, he has however, distinguished himself creditably in speaking to legal matters more than most of the trained Lawyers in the house.
By Bright Dzakah/Onua 95.1fm/3news.com