Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has chastised the National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress, Sammy Gyamfi for his accusations levelled against leadership of the House.
He said Sammy Gyamfi crossed the line with his wild allegations against the NDC MPs, leaders of the minority caucus and the Speaker of Parliament.
“If you do something that brings disgrace to any of the senior figures in parliament, it does not bode well for the house. Someone will say it’s an internal party issue, but though the speaker is an NDC member, he no longer represents the party.
“He is the third gentleman of the land so must be accorded the needed respect. If someone is attacking the speaker, we must all rise and defend him and the institution of parliament. That is what it must be,” he said.
Speaking in an interview on Kumasi-based Hello FM, the Suame MP said leadership of the house will meet and decide the action that ought to be taken on the matter.
He said that Sammy Gyamfi’s actions which include allegations of bribery on the part of the NDC amount to scandalizing the legislative arm of government.
“This is not the first time he is doing that. He once criticised me, but I decided to let go and no minority member said anything. He has crossed the line. From the little I have read, he is making bribery allegations against the MPs which is not true. If you look at it from that angle, he has scandalized parliament. Again the Speaker angle is different. The leaders will meet and discuss how to deal with him. If we are to haul him before the house, we will. If we want to treat it as an internal party matter, we will, “ he said.
Sammy Gyamfi in a strong-worded statement shared on his facebook wall a week ago accused the NDC MPs, leadership of the minority caucus and the Speaker of parliament of betraying the NDC for their selfish gains.
Specifically naming Tamale South MP, Haruna Iddrisu and Asawase MP, Munataka Mubarak, Sammy Gyamfi said the duo “brazenly defied the leadership of the party and betrayed the collective good for their selfish interest.”
“And we, must not let them succeed in their parochial quest to destroy the NDC, the party that has done so much for them and all of us. The shame they have brought on the party will forever hang like an albatross around their necks,” he said in a piece on his Facebook page, March 4, 2021.
His accusation comes after the NDC MPs on Parliament’s Appointments Committee approved Defence Minister-designate, Dominic Nitiwul and later approved three other rejected Ministers-designate when they were brought before the House.
These nominees are Information Minister-designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Food and Agriculture Minister-designate, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and Minister-designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hawa Koomson who were previously rejected by the Minority MPs on the Appointments Committee.
Food and Agriculture Minister-designate, Dr. Afriyie Akoto polled 53.96% with 143 votes out of the 265 ballots issued with one spoilt ballot.
Mavis Hawa Koomson also secured 60.75% with 161 votes while Mr Oppong Nkrumah accrued 58.65% with 155 votes.
With Ghana’s Parliament still composed of 137 NPP MPs, 137 NDC MPs and one independent candidate, it shows some MPs from the NDC side had voted to approve the Ministers-Designate.