Cracks are beginning to grow in the Minority side as opposing views emerge from individual members of the caucus. Many felt that with Bagbin being Speaker and an NDC and numbers at 137-137, the Minority will have some luxury when it comes to debates in the house. However, this has sadly not been the case. On Tuesday, there was a heated banter between Muntaka Mubarak and Speaker Bagbin after 3 NPP MPs were referred to the Privileges Committee.
On PM Express with Evans Mensah, MP for North Tongue raised concerns about what constitutes a member being present in the house. He noted that just signing and not stepping in the chamber means the person was absent. He explained that this has been the practice of previous speakers and so he is confused as to why Bagbin is saying otherwise.
According to Ablakwa, he raised questions about the sick NPP MP who he never saw but Bagbin said he saw in the chamber. Ablakwa pointed that until a member enters the chamber he or she cannot have deemed to be present. He called on Bagbin to relook his stand regarding the matter.
“Honestly, the Speaker’s decision I find it absurd. I have respect for him but as for this matter on presence I agree with Peter Ala Adjetey who said that when you sign and don’t come to the chamber it means you are absent. Doe Ajaho and Oquaye all followed this. I find this Bagbin principle really strange indeed” Ablakwa said. Bagbin had argued that Parliamentary work wasn’t all about chamber attendance because members will also have to meet with their committees.
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