MPs should debate in Twi - V.C.R.A.C Crabbe

MPs should debate in Twi - V.C.R.A.C Crabbe

Justice V.C.R.A.C Crabbe, a retired Ghana Supreme Court judge, has supported the call to allow some parliamentarians to express themselves in Twi in instances where they find difficulty expressing themselves in the queen's language.

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MPs should debate in Twi - V.C.R.A.C Crabbe

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According to Justice Crabbe, it shouldn't pose a problem to allow Member of Parliament's (MP) who are less proficient in the English language to express themselves through the services of an interpreter, an idea that has been advocated against by some experts.

“As an MP or leader, if you choose to speak English or any local language, you should speak it properly…I do not see why we cannot speak our local languages in our parliament house".

“An MP may be able to express himself or herself better in the local dialect,” Justice Crabbe said.

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Justice Crabbe added that people must stop paying attention to paper qualification which is affecting the working population.

“We pay too much attention to paper qualification… Some people do not have Paper qualification but rather have brains.”

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Mr. Dr. Dramani, the Executive Director for the African Center for Parliamentary Affairs, is one expert who opposes the use of interpreters in parliament, saying that the move would MPs concerned even more susceptible to criticism.

"If they start using this kind of services when everyone else gets up and speaks English, it is going to further create problems," he said.

These comments come over a week after Hon. Ama Sey, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Akwatia Constituency in the Eastern Region, read President President Nana Akufo-Addo's Independence Day speech.

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