June 15, 2024 8:23 am

‘Even in the jungle where common sense is not common, order is maintained’ – Prof. Gyampo tells Parliament

University of Ghana’s Prof. Ransford Yaw Gyampo has asked Parliament to stop behaving as if the House was a jungle.

He says even in the jungle where its inhabitants have no natural cause for reasoning, there is an iota of order.

The rancour that characterised the legislative arm of government in their recent sittings after the presentation of the 2022 Budget Statement and Economic Policy has petrified and got many citizens talking.

Presided over by Speaker Alban Kingsford Sumana Bagbin, the House rejected the budget in the Majority’s absence, whereas same statement was approved after the ruling was declared unconstitutional by the Majority, with 1st Deputy Speaker, Joe Osei Owusu presiding.

Both instances witnessed mayhem in the House where these two major decisions were taken by only single caucuses, with the latter incident seeing the Mace -– symbol of authority of Parliament –- being whisked away for protection.

These two instances coupled with what happened on the eve and dawn of January 6 and 7, 2021 respectively, is what has made University of Ghana’s Prof. Gyampo chastised the House.

Speaking on TV3’s ‘The Key Point’ Saturday,  December 4, 2021, keenly followed by Ghanasonline.com, Prof. Gyampo asked Parliament to comport itself as a house of honour rather than behaving like a jungle.

“We are used to the Majority always having its way and so if it is coming from the opposition, it becomes very difficult for them to accept. But the point is, to the extent that this is creating rancour, to the extent that this is becoming embarrassing, to the extent that Parliament now is behaving like a jungle. Even in the jungle where common sense is not common, order is maintained,” he told Dzifa Bampoe, host of the show.

He, however, expressed further disappointment in the ruling party for lacking the foresight to foresee the repercussions the impasse likely presents to the government.

“…So if members of Parliament would want to behave this way simply because we are in a hung Parliament, then at the end of the day, I pity the ruling government, I pity the Majority side. Bcos it appears they are not appreciating the fact that if they don’t do something now, they would have more to lose,” he said.

Source: Ghanasonline.com

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