The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has rubbished claims that the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu left the Speaker’s seat to take part in yesterday’s voting and proceedings.
According to him, the Bekwai MP rather wanted to excuse himself to take his medication and visit the loo.
“Is it the case that a Speaker can’t even excuse himself to visit the loo? Is it the case? The man was indisposed. He was shivering. And he went to the clinic, the record is there. So we had to persuade him to come and sit. He was in the chamber and he was shaking like a leaf,” h told Joy news.
“We had to go and prevail on him to come and preside. Of course, if he’s presiding, given his own long tenure in Parliament, his own understanding of the rules and procedures in Parliament, we thought that he’d be able to navigate crisis periods much more with respect than the second deputy speaker but it was getting too much for him.
“So he said he wanted to excuse himself to take his medication and then perhaps to come back if he felt okay, or perhaps maybe to sit somewhere,” he said.