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Kwesi Pratt 'Strongly' Disagrees With The Speaker Wearing King's Attire To Parliament

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A Ghanaian journalist and the managing director of Insight Newspaper, Kwesi Pratt has expressed his strong disagreement with the Speaker, Alban Bagbin wearing an attire for Kings to the Parliament. He says it is completely wrong for the Speaker to wear attire for Kings.

The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Bagbin wore an attire made for Kings to the House yesterday and used the opportunity to preach to Ghanaians to wear and consume more made-in Ghana goods.

“This is the Parliament of Ghana, it is a unique made-in Ghana product and we must showcase and market it to the world as a brand."

" My outfit today, as the speaker, the presiding officer is to set the motion for that agenda. The practice of MPs decently dressed in traditional attire, led by the Speaker is long overdue.” the Speaker said in defense to his attire worn.

However, Kwesi Pratt while speaking on Metro Tv's Good Morning Ghana today, said he completely disagrees with the Speaker on the choice of traditional or Ghanaian attire the Speaker wore. Mr. Pratt expressed his worry over the symbolism of the attire the Speaker wore, saying it has nothing to do with Republicanism or promoting equality which Parliament should aim at promoting.

" The Speaker should not promote governance which does not emphasize the equality of citizens but emphasizes the utmost importance of bloodline. That's a problem. I was really worried about the symbolism of what the Speaker wore because it has nothing to do with Republicanism, it has nothing to do with promoting equality of citizens." Mr. Pratt said on Metro TV today.

Moreover, he also mentioned that what the Speaker wore was not modest enough and that it poses the wrong symbolism and meaning to the Members of Parliament.

" This is a country we've been talking about the modesty of public officials. Then, the Speaker of Parliament chooses a dress code that has nothing to do with the promotion of modesty. Again, the Speaker's dress depicted that he's a King in Parliament and that's very wrong. The Speaker is not King in Parliament but an umpire in Parliament." Mr. Kwesi Pratt said today.

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