Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu has revealed that the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei Owusu was unwell during proceedings in Parliament on Monday.
According to him, this informed his decision to allow the Second Deputy Speaker Mr Andrew Asiamah Amoako to take over.
“The first deputy speaker was feeling yesterday. The reason why he had to let the Second Deputy Speaker take over,” he said at a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday December 21.
“[Joewise] indicated he wanted to go and take his medication and use the loo,” he added.
On Monday December 20 Members of Ghana’s Parliament could not hold their emotions as some exchanged brawls in the House just before the final vote on the controversial Electronic Transfer Levy Bill, also known as e-levy.
The sit-in Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu, had announced that a division would be followed to approve the Bill, presented under a certificate of urgency, and he was going to vote as well in his capacity as a Member of Parliament.
That appeared to have provoked the National Democratic Congress (NDC) members, who questioned his decision to vote after presiding over the night’s proceedings.
They moved to the front of the dais, issuing threats at the Bekwai MP.
This got the Majority MPs to also start agitations and immediately Mr Osei-Owusu handed the presiding role to the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Amoako Asiamah, the fight broke out.
By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghan