February 23, 2017
Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has launched a scathing attack on the Minority caucus, saying they behaved like ‘over pampared kids’ when President Akufo Addo delivered his first State of the Nation Address.

According to him, the Minority’s disruptive heckling of the president soon after he begun his address was most unfortunate, adding that by their attitude, they gave themselves nuisance value.

The Minority in Parliament minutes after the President started his address burst into singing their own version of Kofi Kinaata’s hit song “confessions”, appealing to ex President Mahama to come to the rescue of Ghanaians by helping to “steer the country’s wheels”as it appears President Akufo-Addo is tired already just over a month of being in office.

The Majority Leader, Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu in an interview with Kasapa News, condemned the behaviour of the Minority side, saying that does not help in building a good image for the caucus.

“What I found surprising was that, a deputy Minority Chief Whip who should have known better by ensuring there was order in the chamber was rather thick in the affair conducting the caucus in their disturbance. It took Second Deputy Speaker and former Majority leader, Hon. Alban Bagbin to go and ask the Minority members to stop being unruly. I think he was himself embarrased.”

But Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Ahmed Ibrahim in a sharp response, stated that Hon. Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has no moral right to question the behaviour of the Minority when he himself supervised worst action from his side when he was the Minority Leader.

“I’m shocked by what I hear the Majority Leader saying…was he not the one who led his side to wear mourning clothes to Parliament House amidst the showing of red cards, when late President Mills was delivering his state of the nation address? Is the Chamber of Parliament a funeral home? He’s the leader of the house…when the Majority side first started singing, was he a choirmaster at the time? Ahead of every presentation of the State of the Nation address, every Leader meets his side and talks to them to comport themselves…ask him if he did that, Hon Ibrahim quizzed?