The Majority women caucus in Parliament is demanding an unqualified apology from the Minority for actions the caucus deems “disrespectful and inhuman” against the newly sworn-in Member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, Lydia Seyram Alhassan.
The Minority side of the House Tuesday staged a walkout during the swearing-in ceremony, citing some incidents of violence during her election.
During the walkout, some members of the Minority were seen waving placards with the inscription “BLOODY WIDOW”, an act that has been widely condemned and described as insensitive.
The women caucus in a press conference Tuesday expressed disappointment at the conduct of the Minority and condemned same.
“We the Majority women caucus are grossly disappointed in the conduct and language of the Minority members against Honourable Madam Lydia Seyram Alhassan on the various placards displayed in the chamber yesterday. We hereby condemn in no uncertain terms the act of the Minority, a rather disrespectful and inhuman treatment and an attack on the dignity and integrity of womanhood. This is brutal and unparliamentary,” Deputy Majority Leader Adwoa Sarfo said.
The caucus insists the Minority must apologise to her for it is neither a crime to be a widow nor her doing that she is a widow.
“The Minority must bow down their head in shame and render an unqualified apology to the honourable member of Parliament, Honourable Madam Lydia Seyram Alhassan as expected of Honourable members.”
She noted it is rather disappointing that while parliaments around the globe are making efforts to have an all inclusive legislative, Ghana’s Minority has stooped to a level that defeats the gains the country’s parliament has made so far in that regard.