This Should Not Be Happening In Parliament

SOMETHING happened in Parliament on Thursday, March 30, 2017 which must not pass without comment.  This was after the release of the Joe Ghartey Committee that investigated the bribery allegation by the Bawku Central Member of Parliament (MP) against the chairman and some members of the Appointments Committee of Parliament (ACP).

WHAT is this issue that happened in Parliament last week Thursday? Today believes those who have not seen the footage/video will be wondering what it might be that we will want to comment on.

WHAT was thought by many Ghanaians to be a closure to the alleged bribery scandal that hit the ACP eventually turned out to spiteful when some members of both sides of Parliament—Majority and Minority—were seen making moves to engage in a brawl.  And those MPs who were visibly seen leading the charge were some young MPs on both sides

IT became even more distasteful when these MP combatants were seen engaging in hot verbal exchanges with each other, even after they had been restrained.   All these were happening live and were being shown on television stations across the country! Sad, isn’t it?

WELL, Today is not interested in who started what neither are we concerned with who was at fault!  Our primary concern, which we believe is same with many Ghanaians, is that what happened in Parliament last week Thursday need not have happened in the first place.

IN any case if some of the MPs had issues with Mr. Ayariga’s so-called apology we would have expected that as Honourables they would know which quarters to channel their grievances instead of resorting to throwing insults and even itching to throw punches at each other.

IT is against this backdrop that Today is using this medium to condemn those MPs whose unguided actions brought the name of Parliament into disrepute.  Their actions, indeed, were distasteful.

WE thus call on the leadership of the House to take a serious look at the issue, and apply sanctions where necessary.  More so, the leadership must ensure that we do not have a repeat of Thursday’s shameful incident.  Our MPs must always be mindful that they are held in high esteem in this country.  Therefore, their conduct must always be guided by their title—Honourable!

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