There was a verbal clash on the parliamentary floor between Majority Leader in Parliament Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu and Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin.
The argument was about Mr Osei Kyei complaining that the Speaker made a law saying everyone must speak from their seats, but he’s not enforcing the laws enough.
“Even when you were the deputy speaker, you were insistent that members speak from their seats so that you will be able to identify them. But what I notice is that, you gathered steam to make that pronouncement, but yet as the day wears on, you relaxed the rules. I’ll encourage you to be consistent with this so that everybody will speak from his seat. That, it should not be relaxed… I will encourage you to do that”
In reply to the Majority leader’s statement, the Speaker of Parliament also said:
“Honourable majority leader, the business of Government is led by you in this house. You don’t lead parliament, you lead the business of the house, you lead the majority and you lead government business. As to the role of the speaker, you haven’t reached there yet. When you get there, you do so. Please you’ve been my very good friend for all these years until I became speaker and everybody in Ghana is doubting whether you were really my friend. I receive a lot of call about that…please don’t give credence to that doubt”.
“At least I have a position in Ghana, number 3… what is your number?”, Alan Bagbin asked the Majority leader.
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