General News of Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Two Members of Parliament who had a go at each other in the full glare of the public will not face sanctions, Former Majority Leader Alban Bagbin has said.
Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Ursula Owusu and her colleague Member of Parliament for Nantong, Murtala Mohammed had a verbal spat in public after a misunderstanding.
The two were said to have behaved in a manner considered unparliamentary.
In an interview with Joy News’ Elton John Brobbey, Alban Bagbin said no punitive measures will be taken against the two of them except that they will be groomed to behave in a Parliamentary way.
He said spats in Parliament are likely to happen especially at the beginning of every Parliament given the acrimonious nature of elections.
He said people come to Parliament seeing their opponents as enemies instead of partners in development.
He singled out Ursula Owusu for criticism accusing her of being a “hot head” on party campaign platforms who subjected several of her opponents to insults.
When he was reminded that Murtala Mohammed also responded in equal measure, Alban Bagbin, who is also the MP for Nadowli-Kaleo said insults are not something to be encouraged, especially when the tag 'honourable' has been bestowed on them.
He said the MPs must begin to control their tempers before making utterances.
The Nadowli-Kaleo MP called for the institution of a code of conduct to regulate the behaviour of MPs in the House.