4 February 2013

Ghana: MPs Clash Over 'Cattle Comment'

But for the swift intervention of some Members of Parliament, notably, Adwoa Safo and Esther Obeng Dapaah, the MPs cafeteria would have turned nasty following a heated verbal exchange that ensued between the MP for Ablekuma West, Ms. Ursula Owusu and MP for Nanton, Murtala Muhammed Ibrahim.

The two MPs who are new to the House traded unprintable insults at each other over comments made by the Ablekuma West Legislator during the heat of the 2012 electioneering campaign.

Ms. Ursula Owusu is on record to have said on Okay FM, a local radio station on Thursday November 29 that she was disturbed by the fact that some northern stalwarts in the NDC are opposed to the free SHS policy espoused by the opposition New Patriotic Party.

In the said interview, the Ablekuma West MP, then a Parliamentary candidate was reported to have said that had it not been for free education, all northerners would be rearing cattle.

Her comments attracted lots of condemnation from a section of the public including her political opponents, notable from the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).

The MP for Nanton, Ibrahim Murtala had on a number of media platforms rebuked Ms. Ursula Owusu for her unsavory comments.

The Ablekuma West MP is said to be habouring some ill feelings over Ibrahim Murtala's consistent criticisms of her comments and this degenerated into a heated exchange of words when the two met at the cafeteria of Parliament yesterday morning at about 10:07 GMT prior to attending public business of the House.

Had it not been the timely intervention of some MPs present, the situation would have turned nasty.

Ms. Owusu claimed that her life was under attack by some Northern groups whom she claimed had been incited by Mr. Ibrahim Murtala over her cattle rearing comments which she noted had been misconstrued.

Ibrahim Murtala, according to eye witnesses, had moved to exchanged pleasantries with Ms. Ursula Owusu and the Dome-Kwabenya MP, Adwoa Safo who were together having some pep talks when the unfortunate incident happened.

Ms. Owusu was said to have urged the Nanton MP not to come closer to her and pretend that all was well after instigating people to put her life under threat.

Fuming with rage, the Ablekuma West MP then descended heavily on Murtala and assaulted him verbally . The Nanton MP who was the lest enthused by the action of his colleague did not let that gesture pass by him easily and also decided to go bonkers.

Had it not been the intervention of some MPs present, the situation would have degenerated into physical exchanges.

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