Mahama in Scotland Scottish MPs behaviour not unusual - Agalga

“Parliamentary proceedings and procedures are sometimes very strange…if you are not used to Parliamentary procedure, sometimes you may take offense at the behaviour of some MPs,” said Mr. Agalga

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Deputy Interior Minister, James Agalga has said the way and manner in which Ghana’s President, John Mahama and his entourage were treated by the Scottish Parliament is not an unusual occurrence.

According to him, “Parliamentary proceedings and procedures are sometimes very strange…if you are not used to Parliamentary procedure, sometimes you may take offense at the behaviour of some MPs.”

President Mahama on Thursday paid an official visit to the Scotland where he was scheduled to meet the first minister and the presiding officer at the Scottish Parliament.

The planned meeting was however, cancelled ahead of his visit.

He was also billed to address the Scottish MPs but the oppositions MPs said the address undermines the safety of the Scottish Parliament for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

They said: “We believe that the Scottish parliament should be a place where everyone can feel safe. Yet the invitation to President John Dramani Mahama to address MPs can only undermine this, given his full support for the horrific discriminatory laws towards the LGBT community in his country.”

After he was introduced, Mahama received muted applause from the Holyrood chamber as he listened to FMQs on Thursday morning.

Many have criticised the seating area the President and his entourage were given during his visit to the Scottish Parliament and have called for his handlers to properly scrutinize invitations the President receives from foreign nations

Contributing to a panel discussion on Joy FM, the Deputy Minister remarked that “what happened in Scotland may not be unusual in the way and manner people have interpreted it.”

He indicated that the President’s visit to Scotland “ought to be contextualised” although he was quick to clarify that he was in no way saying that how the President was treated “is okay.”

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