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I have no regrets on thievery comments against the president- Ursula Owusu
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Nathan Gadugah          Published On: February 19, 2013, 21:46 GMT
 
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I have no regrets on thievery comments against the president- Ursula Owusu

Ursula Owusu

Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Ursula Owusu is ready to appear before the Privileges Committee over allegations she insulted the president.

The Coalition of Ghanaian Voters, headed by Clement Apaak, is leading the charge against the MP who they accused of calling President John Mahama a thief.

They are asking the Privileges Committee of Parliament to drag the MP and leaders of the New Patriotic Party pressure group the Let My Vote Count Alliance before it and punish them for their incessant insults on the president.

Mr Apaak told Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey nobody has the right to make disparaging remarks about the president, especially when the person is a lawyer and an MP.

He said Ursula Owusu’s comments and those of certain Let My Vote Account Alliance leaders threaten to compromise the peace in this country.

Citing conflicts in other countries, Apaack said it is comments such as bomb-throwing threats that have eventually culminated in full-blown wars.

He charged the Appointments Committee of Parliament to crack the whip on Ursula Owusu

But the Ablekuma West MP appeared unfazed, telling Joy News’ Evans Mensah that her comments were apt.

She said traditionally, when somebody is caught stealing anything, that person is first called a thief before he or she is arrested and sent to court.

She said she is convinced that the president, together with the EC, stole the 2012 presidential election. They have been ‘arrested’ by leaders of the NPP, she said, who have dragged them to court on charges of stealing the election.

On that basis, she was not wrong to refer to the president and the EC chair as thieves, she argued, adding, “there can be nothing worse than stealing the people’s vote.”

Ms Owusu said she is ready to appear before the Privileges Committee because she has nothing to hide.

She called leaders of the Coalition of Ghanaian Voters attention seekers who want their voices heard in the media.

But People’s National Convention (PNC) General Secretary Bernard Mornah, who is also a member of the Coalition, told Joy News the MP's comments were in bad taste.

He said the MP cannot accuse the EC of stealing the 2012 elections when she benefited from that same so-called theft.

Did the EC steal the votes for her?

Mr. Mornah said comments as those made by the MP should not be tolerated.


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