June 20, 2024

Member of Parliament (MP) for Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro Matthew Sylvester Tetteh has taken a swipe at his colleagues in the Minority for doing all to thwart government business on the floor of the House by not showing up on Thursday, June 20, 2024, because the Minority Leader is in court over the ambulance trial.

According to him they are shirking their responsibility despite the fact that they were voted to come and serve the interest of their constituents.

He added that the action of the Minority also amount to trying to stand in the way of justice delivery and this is not the first time a Member of Parliament is appearing before a court.

“What has the Minority’s presence got to do in court? They have taken an oath to work for this country; Minority Leader cannot be going to court and that should stop parliamentary business. There are so many ways they can express solidarity. Let me be honest with you when you go to court today the MPs you find there would be less than ten, they are in their houses, offices working. They are not here, it is time for the Minority to be exposed”, he said in an interview.

We should be guided that whatever we are doing, Ghanaians are watching. It’s unfortunate we pledge to work for this country and look at what we are doing. There is no way Parliamentary business should not go on because the Minority Leader is in court, he stated.

As to what the way forward is, because since morning of Thursday, June 20, 2024, as at two in the afternoon no business has been carried out on the floor of the House, the Bortianor-Ngleshie Amanfro lawmaker noted that the Speaker of Parliament should insist on the 10am timeline for the House to commence meeting as it has been advertised in the order paper and leadership of the Majority should take up this matter.

He further added that, as lawmakers they have been told this third meeting is very short and it is sad that much work has not been done with the three weeks that the House came back from recess.

“As a deputy Information Minister, I have to leave the office and come to the House; there is no business on the floor of the House, I have to go back to the Ministry and come back as a Member of Parliament” he lamented.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/Ghanamps.com