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MPs need more orientation - Muntaka

Majority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak has called for more orientation sessions for Members of Parliament to guide them in their conduct especially on the floor of Parliament.

According to him, the conduct of some MPs on the floor of the House leaves much to be desired and cast a slur on the image of legislators especially as the conduct of business in Parliament is in the full glare of the public.

Hon. Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak who is also the Member of Parliament for Asawase made the call on Adom FM’s Dwaso Nsem Programme on Wednesday in response a fracas that ensued in Parliament after the MP for Adansi Asokwa K.T Hammond attack the Majority Leader, Dr Benjamin Kunbour with unsavoury words after the leader had made a statement on the floor of Parliament which K.T Hammond felt slighted by.

He said "corruption is seen as a disease of the political elite" and the blatant display of the Woyome and oil drill ship placards by MPs on the floor of Parliament have confirmed that perception.

Hon. K.T Hammond who was in the thick of affairs in the sale of the oil drill ship in 2001 and has been accused of embezzling a remaining 3.5 million dollars vehemently retorted and used unprintable words on the Majority Leader.

Hon. Mohammed Muntaka condemned the unfortunate incident describing it as one of the saddest incidents that had happened in the august House of Parliament.

He noted this happening brings to the fore the need for periodic orientation programmes to be held for the MPs to educate them on the conduct on the floor of Parliament.

“ I as the Majority Chief Whip once tried checking my colleague MP, and he told me in the face that he long entered politics before I did and so could not correct him, forgetting that the conduct of Parliamentary business was entirely different from the day to day politics done outside” he said.

Hon. Muntaka Mubarak added that MPs must do well to protect the sanctity of Parliament by their conduct both in and out of the House.

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