The Rt. Honourable Speaker Alban Sumana Bagbin caused massive stir among Ghanaians with his choice of outfit to preside over the 1st sitting of the 8th parliament in 2022. It was interesting to note from the speaker's remarks that, he is advocating for a change in the parliamentary dress code to ensure showcasing of the Ghanaian culture to the world. He ditched the speaker's cloak and wore the African Kente dress like a King.
His dressing has sparked controversy between Ghanaians who have launched massive debate over whether the Speaker was right. Interestingly, many have analyzed Alban Bagbin's recent attitude from varying perspectives with some chastising him and others showering praises on him for changing the narratives of the 8th Parliament.
The Managing Editor of the Insight Newspaper who doubles as the General Secretary of the Socialist Movement of Ghana, Mr. Kwesi Pratt has said that he is disappointed in Alban Bagbin for dressing that way to transact parliamentary business. He indicated that he has long been an advocate for a change in the dress code of our lawmakers, however does not expect an arbitrary action by the Speaker.
According to Mr. Kwesi Pratt, Ghana is a democratic state and all decisions governing the Chamber should be made by lawmakers and not Speaker who has no recognized vote in businesses in the House. Mr. Kwesi Pratt made this statement when speaking in an interview on Good Morning Ghana show hosted by Dr. Randy Abbey on Metro TV earlier today.
Mr. Kwesi Pratt was furious over how the Speaker has decided to conduct himself. He indicated that it is fair enough to advocate for change in the House, but not in matters relating to dress code. He was quick to add that Alban Bagbin's dress code did not portray modesty, equality and republicanism. He tended to emphasize the dress code distracted business of the House.
He said, "I was so shocked because what happened in Parliament was a complete spectacle. And it tended to distract from the important and major issues of the day. I was truly worried and should not be repeated again."
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