Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam Djata George has accused the Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh of igniting chaos on the floor of parliament after presentation of the Ghartey committee report.
According to the MP for the Ningo Prampram Constituency, Sam George, the Education minister who is also the MP for Manhyia South, Opoku Prempeh also known as NAPO called the Tamale South MP Alhassan Suhuyini “a fool” hence the near-fight.
“…Napo had called him [Alhassan Suyuhini] a fool. During the proceedings, he called him ‘kwasia’ and that is what triggered the whole thing. And this is not the first-time Napo was calling somebody a fool. Four weeks ago, he called me a fool on the Floor of the House simply because I’d asked the Speaker to ask him if he was wearing a school uniform or was properly attired to Parliament,” Sam George clarified.
Per Primenewsghana’s earlier report, the five-member ad-hoc Parliamentary committee which was set up to investigate allegations by Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga that Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko had attempted to bribe his way through vetting found Mr Ayariga in contempt of Parliament.
Even though Mr. Ayariga apologized, the Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, adjourned sitting and said he will rule on the matter today March 31, 2017.
However, after the adjournment some minority and majority MPs nearly fought in the House. Explaining on Citi FM, Hon. Sam George explained that, tempers rose in Parliament because some majority MPs earlier during sitting called for the removal of Mr. Ayariga for a by-election to be held.
“In the course of the conversation and the debates that went on yesterday, there were calls for by-elections. These are things that get any MP on edge because you were hearing that another colleague is pushing for one of you to be sacked from Parliament for by-elections. It’s not something that anyone will be comfortable with.”
“In the course of the conversation also there appeared to have been an exchange of words between the Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh and Alhassan Suhuyini. And so, that stoke the fire. However, as soon as we finished the sitting and Speaker walked out, we stepped out to talk to our leader and all you could see was a barrage of majority MPs storming the minority side,”