Accra, Feb 28, GNA –
Executive Member of the Tema East Constituency branch of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC), Stephen Ashitey Adjei, has called on the public to
desist from reacting to Speaker of Parliament’s order to the Parliamentary
Press Corps with insults.
He also appealed to
the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Aaron Ocquaye, to apologise to the media,
for cordial co-existence.
In a statement
copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra, Mr. Ashitey Adjei, who is popularly
called Moshake, said the statement of the Speaker had created mixed feelings
among Ghanaians and therefore needed to be buried amicably.
He said for the
deepening of democracy, it was important for both the Media and Parliament to
peacefully settle their in-house issues and forge-ahead for the development of
According to him,
the pedigree of the Speaker and his track record assured him that he “will do
the right thing and put this unfortunate matter to rest.
incurred public anger on Wednesday after threatening to revoke the
accreditation of members of the Parliamentary press corps for leaving the
Chamber of the House, while sitting was in session to cover a News conference
by a Minority MP after they had boycotted the debate on the 2020 State of the Nation
According to the
Speaker, by doing that, the media had abandoned the core reason they were
accredited to cover in Parliament and that the behaviour made it justifiable
for their accreditation to be revoked.
threat was issued, the Speaker became the cynosure of public lambaste, with
Civil Society Organisations openly urging the journalists to snub the Speaker’s
“Given the pedigree
of the Speaker, I initially thought the order was just fake news until I
monitored and confirmed from his own statements that he indeed had issued the
“Besides, it begs to
be answered whether Minority MPs cease to be MPs, when they are away from the
Chamber? The Constitution makes it clear that even when an MP is driving in
town and he is on his way to the august House, he is deemed to in the line of
duty as an MP.
Moshake said he had
a lot of respect for the Speaker and was therefore confident that “he will
Meanwhile, he has
asked that criticism of the Speaker be tempered, saying it is unfortunate that
some of the reactions are bordering on insults.
“Whether we like it
or not, our Speaker is one of the most important political fathers that we
have; a founding member of the Fourth Republic we are all enjoying. In our
culture, when your father flatulates in public, you take responsibility for