We have to stop fighting to be taken seriously by Ghanaians – Muntaka to MPs

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Minority Chief Whip in Parliament, Muntaka Mubarak is urging colleague Members of Parliament to settle differences in the House through peaceful and civilized means, instead of engaging in brawls.

He believes Ghanaians would lose respect for MPs if the acts of lawlessness and violence in the chamber continue.

His comments follow a fistfight that broke out between legislators from both the minority and majority sides in Parliament on Monday, December 21 during the debate on the E-levy bill.

Speaking on Citi TV’s “The Point of View” on Wednesday, the Asawase MP described the incident that saw dozens of parliamentarians exchange fisticuffs, as “unfortunate and sad.”

“It is just too unfortunate and very sad that these things keep happening in the house, and we keep coming and apologizing and yet, we keep repeating the same behaviour and actions and I don’t know whether Ghanaians would take our apology seriously and whatever we do,” he said.

Meanwhile, Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has also condemned the violence in an earlier address to the media.

He described the development as embarrassing and shameful.

Mr. Mensah-Bonsu said parliament and parliamentarians must apologize for the incident.

“I think this is a very shameful and embarrassing moment for us in parliament. I think all of us in parliament must be bowing down our heads in shame for this gross dereliction of responsibility, and we must apologize for the people we represent in parliament.”

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