The Member of Parliament for Keta in the Volta Region, Richard Quarshigah, has justified his demand for an apology from Vice President Dr Mahammadu Bawumia over his recent attack on the minority in Parliament on the issuance of the $2.5 billion dollar bond.
According to him such comment is an indication the Vice President is allowing pride to take over him.
“People who hold such offices must learn to use temperate language. They must learn to carry themselves with the needed dignity in such offices. What the vice president has done is an indication of growing pride,” he noted in a Citi News interview.
The Minority at a recent press conference accused the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta of conflict of interest, for allegedly selling the $2.25 billion domestic bond to his cronies.
But Dr. Bawumia speaking to the media at the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington described the Minority as ignorant for criticizing government over the bond.
But Mr. Quashigah who had earlier issued a statement calling on the Vice President to apologize to the minority for his comments argued that Dr. Bawumia’s comment on the issuance of the bond was undiplomatic and unfair.
“Indeed we in the minority are very much at pain for the Vice President’s comments which we felt were in bad taste. We strongly are convinced that the matters that we have raised in relation to the domestic bond are very valid and very important. We must ensure that nothing untoward is done as far as the economic management of this country is concerned,” he said.
On petitioning to the Speaker of Parliament to compel the Vice President to apologize, Quashigah said it is something they might consider.
“As for a formal petition to the Speaker, it is something we could consider but we think that it will be very important for the vice president to do some introspection and apologize unreservedly now. Not it being in one month or two months, it must be now. They have not gone about this bond issue very well, we think that there are question marks and we think that they have not followed the laid down procedures,” he added.
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana
Published on 22 April 2017 | 2:36 pm at Source