The Deputy Ranking of Environment, Science and Technology and MP for Tamale North, Hon Alahassan Suhuyini, has debunked claims that he directly disrespected the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, during the proceeding of parliament on Friday, March 11,2022.
According to him, he was only trying to explain a point to the Speaker , which in his view was not proper but to disrespect the presiding Speaker .
Explaining the issue on JoyFm Top Story, on Friday evening monitored by EXPRESSNEWSGHANA, the Tamale North lawmaker clarified that he wanted to draw the Speaker’s attention, to a procedural breach, which had to be rectified but not act of insubordination.
He insisted that the disregard for the standing orders compelled him to walk out of the chamber after the Speaker refused to ensure that quorum was formed.
“I was not even forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House. I mean at some point, he suggested that the standing orders give him so much power. And that he can even suspend the standing orders and allow the business to continue. So what I was simply seeking from the Speaker was for him to pass a judgment on my motion, to rule on the motion,” Hon Suhuyini said.
He added, “even if his ruling was going to be that, because of the seriousness of the private business the House was was engaging in, I am suspending the standing orders, so that business can carry on, he just needed to do that. But not to treat my motion with disdain, with disregard and to just ignore the processes and violate the Constitution and violate the standing orders in the manner that it was done.”
Mr Suhuyini explanation followed an earlier accusations from the Majority group , who believed the NDC MP action amounted to disrespect to the First Deputy Speaker.
In the considered view of the Majority, Mr Suhuyini’s walkout was reprehensible conduct. But Mr Suhuyuni said, the Speaker deliberately chose to ignore him despite several attempts to grab his (Speaker’s) attention.
During proceedings on Friday, Alhassan Suhuyini objected to the lack of quorum to transact business. But after close to 40 minutes of no response, he attempted to obstruct proceedings while the Roads Minister, Kwasi Amoako-Atta was responding to questions on the floor of the House.
Meanwhile, the Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, has announced that the controversial E-levy Bill, will not be discussed in Parliament, next week.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Friday, the NPP lawmaker disclosed that the government is still making consultations on the Bill, therefore it will not be ripe for deliberations next week.
According to him, his outfit will announce the agreed date for the discussion of the E-levy Bill within next week.
“Mr. Speaker, having said so, I think what is significant, should also be the date which, unfortunately, has not found expression on the business page for next week. [It is] the issue at hand, which we may have to attend to, at one time or the other. Be assured that, Mr. Speaker, next week, the House, will not consider it”, he stated.