26 February 2013

Ghana: My Powers Can Ruin Your Career

The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho, on Friday, cautioned noisy law makers to be wary of their attitude in the legislative house, or risk facing being punished, if he is pushed to the wall.

To ensure sanity and a harmonious relationship, the Speaker referred the members, especially the new entrants, to Order 97-105 of the Standing Orders of the august House, to avail themselves to the dos and don'ts in the chamber.

Failure to change their attitude, he noted, would leave him with no option than to exercise the punitive powers the House had vested in him.

"I have been very careful not to use my powers. When you are a Speaker, you have to be very careful, because if I use some of my powers, it can ruin the political career of some of the MPs here," an emotional Rt. Hon. Doe Adjaho noted in a calm voice.

He added, "Let us do things in such a way that we are not forced to evoke the powers that you [MPs] have vested in me."

Rt. Hon. Adjaho sounded this note of caution, following intermittent disorders in the House, during a debate on whether the Minority MPs, who boycotted the public grilling of ministerial nominees, should be allowed to pose questions to those ministers.

The comments of the Speaker were provoked by sentiments expressed by the Minority Leader, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, and the MP for Nadowli-Kaloe, Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, on the constant abuse of the Standing Orders of the House by some members, and the need for the Speaker to maintain order by invoking the powers vested in him.

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