March 21, 2024

Majority Leader Alexander Kwamena Afenyo said his side disagrees with the position taken by Rt. Hon Speaker Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin that the president is undermining democracy by not assenting to a bill passed by Parliament and making reference to a Supreme Court case on the anti-LGBTQ+ Bill and should have resorted to the constitution in making certain communications.

According to him in the letter sent to the House the president limited himself to the process before the court and the fact that parliament itself has filed an affidavit in opposition and is in court.

“In fact parliament is a party to the suit; for us we do not see how this would have to affect the proceedings of parliament. In any event, the Speaker should have referred issues to the leadership of the House to guide him in the conduct of business this morning”.

The leadership of the House sat together to discuss the various items to be taken, we were done with some and some that we were supposed to take; we were told that the Speaker would have to take the chair. It is very disappointing that after the Speaker has made known his own views about the letter from the presidency to the clerk, he adjourned the House sine die without given room to the leadership of the House to even comment, he lamented.

In addition, we find this very strange, this is a democracy as he himself has said that this impasse call for reflection, I would play that out to the Speaker himself that we all need to reflect on going forward as a nation.

Again, he said he was not going into the matter as this would undermine same but we all know that the very issue that was raised by Dafeamekpor had to do with the continuing ministers who have been reshuffled to other ministries, the issue of constitutionality of certain nominees has been determined by the going vetting process.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/