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Violence from NDC MPs in Parliament is becoming unacceptable - Oppong Nkrumah

The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has described the recent brawls in Parliament as very unfortunate.

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He said the opposition lawmakers penchant to resort violence on any disagreement in parliament should a cause for concern for the country.

Speaking on the mid day news on TV3 Tuesday December 21, the Ofoase Ayirebi lawmaker said “The first thing we need to is that, we need to deal with the growing conduct of some Members of Parliament that whenever they do not agree with with something, whether it is the Speaker’s rule or a position of the executive or a position of Member of parliament, they resort to violence and physical attacks in the chamber.

“That is the reason for which we have had to adjourn today because today, Mr Speaker is still not in the House, we are not able to proceed with business without rancor because what it would mean is that the First Deputy Speaker or the Second Deputy Speaker would have to take the Chair. Under the circumstances if a matter comes up to a vote and he chooses to exercise his casting votes which he is entitled to, our colleagues on the other side will resort to violence .

“Everybody now sees it clearly, so what next is that the Republic of Ghana needs to address this situation where some Members of Parliament resort to violence as a way of expressing their displeasure. It is totally unacceptable, totally uncalled for. The Marshals department under the leadership the Speaker has to have a handle of this because it doesn’t matter that today, it is e-levy, tomorrow it could be anything and when some particular member of Parliament is not happy with it then there will be a resort to violence and fisticuffs, that is what next to be dealt with.”

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Lawmakers from both sides of the house engaged in brawl last night over the final passage of the levy.

Members of the opposition prevented the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joe Osei Owusu from casting a vote on the levy.

The free-for-all fight started when First Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei-Owusu, who was presiding over the business of the house in the absence of Speaker Alban Bagbin, attempted to also cast his ballot on whether or not the e-levy bill should be considered under a certificate of urgency.

Parliament has currently adjourned to January 18 for the Christmas and New Year holidays and also for broader consultations on the controversial e-levy.

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