The Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, has defended the minority in parliament for calling Lydia Alhassan, the newly-elected MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon a 'bloody widow'.
At the inauguration of Alhassan at Parliament on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, the minority members of Parliament held placards with the inscription "bloody widow" to protest the violence that beset her election.
The development drew condemnation from some members of the public, who described the minority's conduct as insensitive and irresponsible.
But in a reaction on Accra-based Citi FM, Ras Maburak, the MP for Kumbungu, defended the minority's use of the term "bloody widow", stressing it was not offensive.
Ras Mubarak during the interview explained that the use of "bloody" meant that they were really unhappy with the violent incident that erupted leading to the electing of Alhassan.
"We are upset about it. I am sure you have heard expressions like a bloody liar, bloody idiot and the rest of it,” he said.
The MP said he did not think the sensibility of Alhassan was in any way offended simply because they used an expression in English.
Ras Mubarak further defended their action, claiming that Lydia Alhassan was a beneficiary of a system that was flawed.
Ras Mubarak providing details on the shooting incident said,“Our compatriots who were in the candidate's home were terrorised by these gun-wielding and gun-toting hoodlums. Ordinary voters were intimidated. There was harassment."
The minority's protest was due to a shooting incident that occurred at La-bawaleshie polling station during the Ayawaso by-election.
After the election, a lot of NDC MPs and some civil society groups condemned the violent incident.
President Nana Akufo-Addo also in his statement noted that the election was free and fair even though he condemned the violent incident.
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