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Majority leader clarifies seat switching brouhaha in parliament, says ‘Joe Wise was shaking like a leaf’

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The Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has been fending off claims that the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei Owusu passed on the Speaker’s seat to participate in the previous democratic and procedures.

As indicated by him, the Bekwai MP somewhat needed to pardon himself to take his prescription and not to participate in the vote.

The Suame MP saw that the First Deputy Speaker’s weakness was extreme that he shook like a leaf.

Addressing JoyNews’ Kwesi Parker-Wilson said, “Is it the situation that a Speaker can’t pardon himself to visit the loo? Is it the situation? The man was incapacitated. He was shuddering. Furthermore, he went to the center, the record is there. So we needed to convince him to come and sit. He was in the chamber and he was shaking like a leaf.”

He clarified that Joe Wise had before been to the Clinic to look for clinical consideration hence without the Speaker, Alban Bagbin, the Majority Caucus had supplicated on the Bekwai MP to sit down.

“We needed to proceed to sway him to come and direct. Obviously, assuming he’s directing, given his own long residency in Parliament, his own comprehension of the standards and systems in Parliament, we imagined that he’d have the option to explore emergency periods significantly more with deference than the second agent speaker however it was becoming a lot for him.

“So he said he needed to pardon himself to take his drug and afterward maybe to return in the event that he felt alright, or maybe perhaps to sit some place,” he said.

The First Deputy Speaker’s choice to clear the seat during procedures had not gone down well with the Minority side who felt that this was a stratagem to get him to cast a ballot alongside the Majority side.

This had brought about the fisticuffs in Parliament the previous evening.

In the interim, the decision on whether the E-Levy bill ought to be carried on an endorsement of direness is relied upon to occur today at 9 am.