Ghana has the worst parliament in the whole world — First Deputy Speaker Joe Wise

Joe Wise
First Deputy Speaker Joe Wise

The First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, has declared that Ghana’s eighth parliament will be recognized as the worst in the 4th Republic’s history.

This follows the boycott of legislative sittings by National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs in solidarity with their colleague, James Gyakye Quayson, who is in court for criminal trial proceedings.

The Minority Caucus has taken this measure for the fourth time in a row. James Gyakye Quayson, for his part, is in court facing forgery and perjury accusations.

The Minority Chief Whip, Governs Kwame Agbodza in a statement said their unwavering support for their colleagues and the emphasis on unity was their reason for abstaining from participating in the day’s parliamentary proceedings.

Joseph Osei-Owusu speaking on the boycott of the Minority said a Parliament with equal numbers will be better but it turned out to be worse than the other parliaments in Africa.

“We have decided to do politics instead of business. This equal number in parliament has brought the worst in MPs, I have repeated it, I will repeat it again – this parliament, the eighth parliament has made the least number of laws,” he told JoyNews.

He said the MPs have demonstrated that they are not interested in performing their duties beyond partisan politics adding that parliament has not been effective as was the case in previous parliaments.

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