Minority Leader of Parliament and Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame Constituency Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu says comments made by Yaw Boateng Gyan, the National Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to the effect that ministers, who answered questions from the Minority should be punished, were out of ignorance of the laws within the House.
Speaking to TV3’s Edward Kwabi on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, Mr Mensah Bonsu stated that: “The admissibility of a question rests with the Speaker.”
“So if a member files a question, it goes to the Speaker, who assesses it and admits if he deems it appropriate to accord the question such admission,” he added.
He explained that the question may be related to a policy of a ministry.
“Because the minister is the head of that ministry, he will be called to answer the question that may be filed,” he told Edward Kwabi in his office.
He said the comments by the NDC national organiser was borne out of ignorance.
“Those are matters that if my senior brother Yaw Boateng Gyan knew, he would not have made the interventions that he made,” he stressed.
‘Go, sleep and think’
The Minority Leader’s stance was corroborated by former Deputy Majority Leader and Member of Parliament for Wa Central Constituency, Alhaji Hassan Rashid Pelpuo, who said no punitive measure can be meted out to a minister who comes to answer questions posed by Members of Parliament.
He, however, took a swipe at the Minority’s boycott actions.
“They (Minority MPs) should be allowed to ask questions if they want to but they should go and sleep and think of what they are doing and see whether their actions are building Ghana or destroying the foundation of our democracy,” he burst out.