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MINORITY SNOOZE IN PARLIAMENT - Muted after taking bloody nose

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The Minority National Democratic Congress Members of Parliament yesterday abandoned government business, virtually abstaining from contributing to business proceedings for the day, having taken a bloody nose in a political dog fight with the Majority over series of corruption allegations against the New Patriotic Party government and its functionaries.

The Minority National Democratic Congress Members of Parliament yesterday abandoned government business, virtually abstaining from contributing to business proceedings for the day, having taken a bloody nose in a political dog fight with the Majority over series of corruption allegations against the New Patriotic Party government and its functionaries.

 

The decision came in the wake of bogus claims against the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, as well as the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, who have been accused by the Minority of bribery and corruption and conflict of interest respectively.

Earlier, the Minority Members had contributed to Private Member Participation by asking questions on constituency specifics, only to coil back into their shells when business was supposed to hot up.

The Member of Parliament for Garu, Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, took the first shot by asking the Health Minister when the Garu-Tempane District Hospital Project will be completed, followed by Richard Mawuli  Kwaku Quashigah, MP for Keta on the extension of pipe-borne water from Keta to some communities in the area.

Christian Corletey Otuteye, MP for Sege, also queried the Minister of Education on programmes of work on the Community Day Senior High School at Goi, whilst Kwame Governs Agbodza, MP for Adaklu to the Education Minister when the Adaklu Senior High Technical School will be absorbed by government, with preceding answers from the various sector Ministers.

The Chamber witnessed a laidback attitude from the Minority side which eventually kept reporters wondering what was happening and the reason for the snooze as the Majority Members were heard making all the contributions and participation with the Minority sitting aloof.

In a curious attempt to ascertain the true nature of the happenings, the Daily Statesman reporter asked the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Muhammed-Mubarack, Member of Parliament for Asawase, what necessitated their passive attitude on the floor to which he replied that "the Majority leader insulted all of us yesterday on the floor so they should take the floor. We are not participating in proceedings for now".

Asked how long will they exercise the non-participation of proceedings, the Minority Chief Whip said, “they will decide in their own time".

The Minority believes the Majority had not treated them with respect regarding the Cash for Seat saga. So they ended up not contributing to business on the floor, neither did they second motions that were put forward by the Speaker.

But, in a quick response by the Majority leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, on the actions of the Minority, he mentioned that with or without the Minority, the House will go ahead with government business.

The House dealt with two tax waivers which included Five Polyclinics in the Greater Accra Region phase 4, another tax waiver on Tema to Akosombo Railway Line and one Mutual Assistance between Customs Administrations of Ghana and United State of America all of which the Minority refused to participate in the deliberations.