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Sam George appeals to Parliament to change the spectacles of Majority leader

The Majority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has received an urgent request from Sam Nartey George, the Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, asking the Parliamentary Service Board to alter his spectacles.

In response to the Majority Leader’s assertion on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, that the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, was delaying the vote on the approval of the 2024 Budget Statement and Economic Policy because the Ningo-Pram legislator and about four other MPs from the Minority side of the House had been absent, he made this statement.

 

Sam George appeals to Parliament to change the spectacles of Majority leader

The day after the Deputy Minority Leader, Emmanuel Armarh Kofi Buah, contested the Speaker’s ruling that the “Ayes” had the vote on budget passage, tensions and tempers boiled on the parliament floor.

Instead of using that voting method, he suggested a headcount, which Alban Bagbin accepted. This prompted the Majority MPs to complain and offer a number of justifications for why the Speaker should not use that method.

Over time, the Members of Parliament on that side staged a walkout from the House, spearheaded by Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, the Deputy Majority Leader.

Following this, the MPs spoke to the media, and Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu cited Sam Nartey George’s name and those of other supporters as the reason the vote failed.

Sam George, however, responded quickly to the media, telling them that it seems the Majority Leader needs to have his eyes fixed.

“I think that we need to change the spectacles that the Majority Leader, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, uses. I’m making an appeal to the Parliamentary Service Board to change his spectacles because clearly, he cannot see. I mean, I am here, except there are three Sam Georges: one in New York, one in Ningo-Prampram, and one in Parliament.

“But I’m here. I’ve been here since morning. For those of you who were in the Chamber when the people from Hon Kpodo, Ho Central, came, when the Speaker introduced them, I asked the Speaker who is the speaker of that group? And the Speaker asked and a gentleman in blue suit raised his hands. I was in the Chamber this morning, from beginning of proceedings,” he defended.

Sam Nartey George further stated that it appears he has become the lowest hanging fruits for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to use when it was to blame anyone for anything, including the declining economy.

“So, for Kyei to use me as an excuse why the NPP in parliament is running away from their own budget. (Speaks Twi to wit, ‘Sam George has suffered in Ghana o’). First and foremost, I’ve been accused for why Ghana has been downgraded in its ratings. They say because of my anti-LGBTQ Bill, that has been downgraded.

“Now Sam George is the reason why the Majority is walking out on their budget. Sam George is very powerful,” he stressed.

The House was unable to conclude on the vote on the approval of the 2024 budget on Wednesday, with expectations that it will be determined on Thursday, November 30, 2023.

Akosua Boatemaa

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