The Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament has sent a stern note of caution to Members of Parliament to prepare adequately with verifiable facts before they attempt any debate on the floor of the House, else, they should “shut up”.
Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho, who was obviously incensed by the usual name calling and unsubstantiated allegations made by some MPs during the debate on the President’s State of the Nation Address on the Floor on Wednesday, cautioned the House against mediocrity.
“For once, let us be serious in this House. Ghanaians are watching us, the whole world is watching us,” he observed.
Hon. Doe Adjaho told the MPs the he was not going to allow any of them to make any unsupported statements without providing relevant documents and information to back the claims made on the floor during the debate.
“I am not going to allow, either from the right or the left from where I sit, I am not going to take any loose statement from anybody on the State of the Nation debate. If you come to this House, prepare before you speak. If you don’t prepare, don’t open your mouth,” he directed.
The debate begun with Mahama Ayariga, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, who moved the motion, the Speaker forced him to withdraw an information he put out concerning the Public debt before the NDC took office in 2009, this was because his evidence was not readily available.
The Speaker stopped the MP for Adanse Asokwa, KT Hammond, in his tracks and forced him to withdraw a statement about the President which was considered unparliamentary.
Just after the MP had withdrawn the statement then he made reference to another story captured in the dailies of that day to substantiate his point about the government’s complicity in a corruption case against Mr. Afred Agbesi Woyome, but again he was stopped by the Speaker.
“You see! This is the type of debate I don’t want in this House. You know as a professional lawyer that if you want to speak to what happened in the Supreme Court, you quote from the proceedings of the court.
“It is not everything that are published in the Newspapers that are correct. And there is a ruling by Peter Ala Adjetey to this effect and an objection to this matter was taken by Hon. Jake Obetsebi Lamptey,” the Speaker stated.
Source: Clement Akoloh, spynewsagency.com