MP for KWADASO, Professor Kingsley Nyarko says Tamale Central MP, Murtala Mohammad’s actions during the heated debate on the anti-LGBTQ bill in parliament was disrespectful towards the speaker.
According to him, Mr. Muhammad disregarded calls by the speaker to withdraw utterances he made to the detriment of the personality of the minister for communication and digitalization, Ursula Owusu. Despite the speaker also beseeching his leaders to advise him, the MP still did not heed the call, according to Mr. Nyarko.
This, he said is also an act of disrespect to the leadership of the house.
“We are discussing a sensitive like this and you had a go at your colleague member of Parliament. When the second deputy speaker was trying to plead with you to withdraw those words, you said no. And he had to even talk to your leader, Ato Forson. Murtala didn’t even yield, undermining the authority of the speaker. That is not fair. At least, give him that honor, that dignity as the speaker of Parliament,” he said on JoyNews’ AM show on Thursday.
MP for Tamale Central is said to have alleged that Madam Ursula Owusu is a practitioner of lgbtq+. In a furious response to such an utterance, Madam Ursula asked the MP if he had ever seen her engage in such a practice with his wife, mother, or daughter. Upon request, she retracted some utterances which were seemingly characterized by insults.
Prof. Nyarko said, as an honorable member of Parliament, Mr. Murtala Mohammad should have also retracted his words when asked to.
He has therefore advised that MPs should watch the way they portray themselves because once they occupy such positions, they become people’s models. According to him, parliament should not be dignified by actions of the Maps, and that it should be a house that encourages people to contribute to national discourses.
He added that what happened in parliament was “a bad spectacle” and that he hopes it is not repeated going forward.