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I Was Gentle Because Of Media Presence – Akandoh

Hon. Mintah Akandoh

Minority Ranking Member on Health and Member of Parliament for Juaboso, Hon Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has disclosed that it was not pleasant having his colleague, Mrs. Ursula Owusu, sit on his laps during the dissolution of the seventh parliament.
On that occasion Hon Akandoh had the unenviable honour of having Hon Ursula Owusu sit on his laps as the NDC and NPP struggled for seats on the majority side of parliament.
According to media reports all NDC members of parliament, of which Mr. Akandoh is one, arrived quite early at the Parliament House in buses instead of their individual vehicles and took the seats on the right side of the Speaker, claiming to be the majority group.
Hon. Ursula Owusu

The NPP agreed to take the left side of the Speaker after series of dramas ensued, but Mrs. Ursula who had secured a seat at the majority side remained on the seat refusing to join her colleagues on the left side.
She later visited the washroom and on her return found the seat occupied by the Juaboso MP who refused to vacate the seat. Mrs. Ursula then made herself comfortable on Hon Akandoh’s laps.
In an interview with Nana Aba Anamoah, Hon. Akandoh said he had to restrain himself from creating additional scenes since all the cameras zoomed on them (he and Mrs. Ursula).
“I was not happy. I was not happy at all but I had to conduct myself well. I had to behave especially when all the cameras were on me. I had to behave like a gentleman in order not to create another scene. I allowed her to sit for some time and she left.”
He pointed out that, “The seat was not for her. The minority was sitting on that side of the Speaker. The seat was originally occupied by Honourable Cletus Avoka so the claim that I ‘took her seat’, where is that coming from? “.
Source: Fuseini

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