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Coronavirus in Parliament: Did Majority keep quiet because of C.I. 126? – Muntaka asks

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Mon, 15 Jun 2020 Source: Peace FM

The Member of Parliament for Asawase constituency, Hon Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka is wondering whether the Majority in Parliament decided to keep quiet over the status of infected Members of Parliament just to get C.I. 126 passed.

The Minority Chief Whip a few days ago confirmed media reports that some MPs have been infected by a coronavirus.

According to him, two of his colleagues have indeed tested positive for coronavirus.

This report was however debunked by the Majority Leader and the Minister of Parliament Affairs, Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.

But recently, the leadership of Parliament expressed concerns over lawmakers and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 but still attend the House.

Caution

Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu thereupon cautioned persons who have tested positive after the mandatory testing and have been contacted to stop visiting the house.

According to reports, the Suame MP observed that the affected persons including some journalists have defied the communication from the Covid-19 team as they continue to engage in the House.

Following this development, the Asawase MP is wondering whether Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and the majority in Parliament kept quiet over the status of MPs and Parliamentary staff for the passage of the C.I. 126, which makes the Ghana Card and the Ghanaian passport the only legal identification documents for registering people in the new voters' register.

"So does it mean you didn’t listen to us and you were trying to hide the information because of the C.I? Now the C.I is matured so the Majority Leader has found his voice; now when we shut down parliament it won't affect anything right?" he queried while speaking in an interview on UTV's 'Critical Issues' programme.

Parliament Needs Disinfection

Hon Muntaka further urged that since those who have tested positive are still visiting the House, it needs to be disinfected.

Parliament must shut down for two weeks for disinfection to take place . . . we can’t put out their names but both sides of the House should know all the people so that we will ensure that they will not be in that House together with their staff . . . we are not going to put out their names but we need to know," he said.

Source: Peace FM
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