General Politics

I merely provided Hawa Koomson with guidance not answers – First Deputy Speaker

Joseph Osei Owusu, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, has described his intervention during the vetting of Hon Hawa Koomson, Minister for Fisheries as mere guidance.

Speaking to Joy News Anchor Emefa Apawu on a wide range of issues, he denied aiding Hon Hawa Koomson to answer certain questions during her vetting process.

“As the Chairman of the vetting committee, I don’t provide answers, I only guide the process. So, mentioning sectors of aquaculture after Hon Nii lante Vandapujie had posed the question was merely, to guide her,” he observed.

Quizzed on how he would describe this current 8th Parliament, Mr Osei Owusu who is also, the Member of parliament for Bekwai said it was challenging.

“Right from the formation of the 8th constitution, it was challenging. The chaos that ensued on the night was unprecedented. It was so chaotic to the point that a Marshall of parliament was pushed to fall flat on the face. The disorder was so much that security officials had to come into the chamber to foster order,” he said. leading to the formation of the 8th Parliament as unfortunate.

He further explained that proceedings in parliament is even more difficult considering the number of legislators on both side of the House.

“This is a house where the majority side is not even allowed to call themselves so, but instead describe themselves as a majority group,” he explained.

The seasoned legislator however indicated that, it has become necessary to engage the minority group in parliament a lot of consultation to make progress.

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