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The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu has requested the audio-visuals department of the House to furnish his office with the video of proceedings of Tuesday February 5, 2019. This is to enable him identity members on the minority side who were carrying placards with the inscription “bloody widow” during the swearing in of the Member of Parliament elect for the Ayawaso West WWegon Constituency, Lydia Seyram Alhassan. He says he will refer such members to the Privileges Committee of the House.
His request was after leadership of the minority side refused his order to apologize to the House over the inscriptions. The speaker is of the view that the inscription on the placards is an affront to the dignity of the Parliament and the new MP.
He made references to Order 28(30) and 28(31) of the Standing Orders of the House which indicates that any act or omission that affronts to the dignity of parliament directly or indirectly will be termed as contempt of parliament.
Joseph Osei Owusu directed that the clerk of parliament should go through footages of Tuesday’s proceedings and identify the culprits so as to hand them over to the privileges committee for further interrogations.
Earlier on, the women caucus on the majority side of the House on Wednesday held a press conference to register their displeasure with the conducts of the minority towards the newly elected member of parliament.
Member of parliament for the Dome-Kwabenya constituency, who doubles as the deputy majority leader of parliament, Sarah Adwoa Safo, said for even women on the minority to join in the vicious attack on their fellow woman was below the belt.
She said the act was unparliamentary. “We hereby condemn in no uncertain terms the act of the minority, a rather disrespectful and inhumane treatment and an attack on the dignity and integrity of womanhood. This is brutal and unparliamentary,” Sarah Adwoa Safo lamented.
Source: Theresa Adezewa Ayittey