Parliament will suffer if you continue to attack me – Bagbin to Majority Caucus
Speaker Alban Sumana Bagbin claims that if the Majority Caucus continues to attack his character, Parliament will suffer. Parliament will suffer if you continue to attack me – Bagbin to Majority Caucus in Parliament
Mr. Bagbin noted that the activities of the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo Markin, and some other New Patriotic Party (NPP) MPs impede any likelihood of a resolution in the House.
Mr. Afenyo-Markin accused the Speaker of collaborating with his party to prevent the budget from being passed in December 2021.
Mr. Bagbin, though, remarked in an interview with official broadcaster GBC, “In fact, one of them said I should learn how to lead. It’s because of the level of leadership I am at, he [Afenyo Markin] doesn’t understand it.
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“You come and personally attack me, then you come to the House and you expect that we should have that spirit of consensus building; things don’t work that way,” he said.
He claims that the Bekwai lawmaker’s participation in the E-levy voting procedure while sitting over the House was out of order.
“To be frank with you, my First Deputy Speaker was wrong in even announcing that he was going to vote, and so when the Second Deputy Speaker voted, he then called on him to come and take over so that he’d also go and vote…that’s what led to the fisticuffs,” Mr. Bagbin said.
“I left Parliament after 10 pm, and I sent my closing remarks for the day, and that’s for the session through my usher to the Second Deputy Speaker that at the conclusion of the debate, ‘you will read this as my closing remarks for the session.’ And so I had given notice that I will not be available even to read my closing remarks, and I left for my house because I was so tired,” he added.
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“Now what happened on the floor, I am being said to be the cause of it; so, where are we now? This blame game would not wash; it would not. It was a low blow to me,” he insisted.
Parliament has been chaotic scene over the past few months over the new E-levy. The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has urged the general public to pray for Parliament.
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Both the Majority and Minority Caucus are blaming each other for the brawl in Parliament. The Vice President has urged the citizens to pray for Parliament to end the chaotic scenes.
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