Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, has reminded Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu of the difference in their positions as far as leadership in Ghana is concerned.
Tuesday’s sitting saw a brief beef between the two long-time friends when the Majority Leader sought to challenge Mr Bagbin’s decision during proceedings in Parliament.
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Mr Alban Bagbin had referred a petition by former Governor of Bank of Ghana, Dr Kwabena Duffuor over the collapse of uniBank to a committee in Parliament.
Majority leader, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu challenged the petition which was brought by Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, but was subsequently overruled by the Speaker; resulting in the friendly altercation.
The Speaker told Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, “You don’t lead Parliament. You lead the business of the House. You lead the majority and you lead government business. As to the role of Speaker you’ve not been there yet. When you get there you’ll do so.”
“You’ve been my good friend from all these years until I became Speaker. Everybody in Ghana was doubting whether indeed you were really my friend. I’ve received a lot of calls about us and I said you’re my friend and you’re still my friend. Please don’t give credence to that,” Mr Bagbin fumed.
After another round of jovial attempt by the Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu to defend his position as an ally, the Speaker made a concluding submission which would throw the whole house into amusement.
“You have to be my friend, not me being your friend. At least, I have a position in Ghana, Number three. What is your number?” he quizzed.
According to Ghana’s constitution, the Speaker of Parliament takes charge of the country’s affairs in the absence of the President and Vice President, making him the third most powerful personality of the land.