The Minority in Parliament on Tuesday, 5 February 2019 walked out of the House in protest during the swearing in of the newly-elected Ayawaso West Wuogon MP, Lydia Alhassan.
This was amidst shouts and display of placards by the minority.
The Ayawaso West Wuogon election was marred by brutalities and chaos which had been widely condemned by Civil Societies and the International community.
Speaking on the floor of the House just before the swearing in of the newly-elected MP, the Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak said his side stands in solidarity with victims of the brutalities recorded in that by-election hence the Minority will not participate in the ceremony.
” Unfortunately and in submission to support our comrades and citizens that were unnecessarily hurt and brutally assaulted, I’m sorry to say that with your indulgence, our side of the House cannot be here to witness this swearing in” he said.
Meanwhile the Deputy Majority Leader and Member of Parliament for Dome-Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo, condemned the minority’s walk out describing it as disappointing.
Madam Lydia Alhassan was sworn into office by the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Joseph Osei Owusu notwithstanding the minority protest.
Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo extolled the competence of Ms Alhasssan after she was sworn in.
“We know her competences, we know her courage, we know her endurance and we know her past records as a unifier, as a hardworking woman and a woman with a good heart.”