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General News of Tuesday, 26 March 2019


Ras Mubarak unhappy as MPs ‘snub’ accident victims to mourn with New Zealand

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kumbungu constituency, Ras Mubarak is unhappy that the House mourned persons killed by Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique and victims of the shooting in New Zealand instead of paying tribute to some Ghanaians who perished in last Friday’s accidents.

Parliament, on Monday, observed a one-minute silence for victims of the tragic events New Zealand as well as citizens of Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique who have died and have been displaced because of the cyclone.

Ras Mubarak, who explained that he and a number of his other colleagues had been in the Public Accounts Committee sitting at the time, described the actions of his colleagues as disappointing.

He said a Parliament that represents Ghanaians didn’t seem to show concern for the over 70 Ghanaians who perished in the to accidents.

Speaking on Eyewitness News the Kumbungu legislator said Ghanaians have every right to be angry at Parliament over the snub.

“I found it rather strange that over 70 of our compatriots had perished sadly in Friday’s twin accident and the House of Parliaments that represent the people of Ghana didn’t demonstrate any show of support to the victims of the accident. It is very disappointing and if the public is angered by it, it is rightly so,” he said.

A statement was read in Parliament on Monday commiserating with the government of New Zealand after which MPs paid a minute silence for victims of the shooting incident in New Zealand which occurred on March 15, 2019.

They also paid tributes to victims of a natural disaster in southern Africa in which a cyclone led to over 750 deaths.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has already indicated that Ghana is ready to assist the people of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe who have been badly affected by Cyclone Idai.

Cyclone Idai which is regarded as one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa has become a reference for some environmentalists on the looming danger of climate change on the continent of Africa.

At least 500 people have been reported dead, several hundreds missing and over 2.5 million people affected in Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe as a result of the strong winds and severe flooding.