–as Speaker denies Snubs reports
Ghana’s parliament has on Tuesday Morning March 26, consoled the families of persons killed in Friday’s twin road crashes, as well as the survivors of the two road disasters.
The lawmakers on Monday suffered backlash by Ghanaians for sidestepping the home incident and rather observing a minute’s silence and making statements on the floor on Monday, 25 March 2019, in honour of the 60 Muslims killed by a white supremacist in New Zealand two weeks ago.
The legislatures were also blasted by the general public for making similar statements on the killing of about 750 people and the displacement of over 100,000 others by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, instead of the Kintampo victims.
But, Speaker of Parliament, Professor Mike Oquaye, before proceeding expressed unhappiness about the public criticism of the legislature for its silence on the accidents which killed close to 70 people.
According to the Speaker, the MP for Kintampo South, who had submitted a statement on the subject, was not available in the chamber on Monday to speak on the incident.
Professor Oquaye said parliament wanted the Kintampo South MP to lead in paying the lawmaking body’s respects to the victims of the road accident.
He said the failure of parliament to have done so on Monday did not mean the house was unconcerned about happenings in the country.
“The leadership were agreeable that she [Kintampo South MP] must be the appropriate person to lead the statement on this in this honourable house and that was not out of this honourable house not being mindful of the circumstances,” Prof Oquaye explained on Tuesday, 26 March 2019.
He pointed out that parliament is “concerned with such matters and had addressed such matters with expedition” and done so “dutifully at all relevant times”.
Apart from observing a minute’s silence in memory of the deceased, several statements were also made on the floor by some MPs to commiserate with the victims and their families.
About 64 people lost their lives in two separate accidents at Ekumfi-Dunkwa in the Central Region and at Ampomakrom, near Kintampo in the Bono East Region last Friday.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba