Some NDC MPs need Parliamentary schooling – Minority leader
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Adwoa Gyasiwaa
February 28, 2013, 19:00 GMT
Parliament Minority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has expressed shock at what he calls a display of ‘ignorance’ by some members of the Majority caucus in Parliament.
He said comments by some neophyte Majority MPs with regards to the Minority’s boycott of certain business in Parliament demonstrates that they do no understand the rules and procedures of the House.
The Minority leader was reacting to suggestions by some Majority MPs that their continuous boycott of Parliament is unconstitutional.
Some of the NDC MPs have also threatened to drag the Minority caucus to the Privileges Committee for misconduct.
But on Asempa FM’s
programme Thursday, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu recommended tutorials for the neophyte NDC MPs to broaden their understandings of parliamentary standing orders.
He said the amateur Majority MPs, who are exhibiting their ignorance for publicity and to prove to their constituents that they are working, are a disappointment to their party.
The Minority leader stressed that the boycott is an established part of parliamentary practice therefore the Minority MPs have not breached any constitutional provision.
Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the Majority is equally guilty of the same conduct and thus their criticisms of Minority MPs are hypocritical.
“God forgive anyone who would say what we are doing is unconstitutional for they know not what they are doing” he added.
He added that it is their prerogative to decide whether or not to participate in the business of the House.
“Everybody has a right to be in Parliament at a given time; a parliamentarian can only be sanctioned if he or she is absent for a number of days.”
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