- The First Deputy Speaker of parliament has added his voice to the debate on the Achimota School brouhaha
- Joseph Osei-Owusu said it is wrong to centre the debate around Rastafarianism as a religion
- He said the practice of Rastafarianism cannot be condoned in the school, since it involves the smoking of weed
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The First Deputy Speaker of parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, has added his voice to the ongoing debate on the Rastafarian students rejected by Achimota School.
According to him, it is wrong to centre the debate around Rastafarianism as a religion.
He said the practice of Rastafarianism cannot be condoned in the school since it involves the smoking of cannabis.
“… if you study Rastafarianism, it involves the smoking of weed," he said.
He made reference to the past, where Blakk Rasta was brought before the house for contempt of parliament.
Osei Owusu said the reference to keeping their hair with regards to their religion will only complicate matters for the Rastafarian students.
“...so, I think that reference to religion and so on will complicate the matter for the young man,” he said.
Meanwhile, half a dozen schools including international institutions have offered admissions “unconditionally” to one of the Rastafarian students refused entry by Achimota School.
Tyrone Marghuy was denied admission by authorities at the Achimota School over his dreadlocks.
He can only be admitted into the institution if he cuts his hair.
Tyrone received unconditional admissions including full scholarships plus meals with his siblings—Nikita and Amrita Marhguy.
In other news, finance Minister-designate Ken Ofori-Atta has revealed that since he took charge of the finance ministry in 2017, he has never for once taken his monthly salary.
Ofori-Atta added that he has never for once taken other financial entitlements and compensations in his capacity as the finance minister.
Ofori Atta made this revelation at his vetting before the Appointments Committee in Parliament on Thursday, March 25, 2021.
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