Opposition Members of Parliament who reffered to the newly elected MP of Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Seyram Alhassan as a “bloody widow” could not be identified for possible punishment, YEN.com.gh has learnt.
The office of the clerk of Parliament said despite viewing the footage in Parliament on that day, it could not identify the MPs who held the placards with the inscription “bloody widow” during the swearing-in ceremony of Maa Lydia.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Joe Osei Owusu sitting in for Prof. Mike Oquaye ordered investigations into the incident for the particular MPs to be hauled before the Privileges committee of Parliament.
This was after the Minority leadership refused to apologise for the act.
In an astonishing claim, the office of the clerk of Parliament despite having the footage of that fateful day are unable to depict the MPs showing the ‘distasteful’ placards.
Supporting this claim, the Deputy Majority leader Adwoa Safo said the identification has been impossible. “Indeed they have the tape but the identification of the specific members has been a challenge”, she said.
The Dome-Kwabenya MP said Parliament will rely on videos taken by media houses during the swearing-in ceremony.
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That term was targeted at Lydia Alhassan said to be the widow of New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Ayawaso West Wuogon Emmanuel Agarko who died in November 2018.
There were bloody scenes in the ensuing by-election on January 31, 2019 during which at least 15 persons were hospitalised. She was declared winner after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) pulled out of the two-horse race.
But feeling hard done in the polls, the NDC boycotted her swearing-in on Febuary 6, 2019 citing the bloody circumstances surrounding her victory as another sign of insecurity under the Akufo-Addo government.
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