Politics of Tue, 10 Jan 201721
Plagiarism controversy is trivial and unnecessary
The majority in parliament have described moves by their minority counterparts, to get the inaugural speech delivered by President Akufo-Addo withdrawn from the house as trivial.
Parts of the speech delivered by president Akufo-Addo on January 7, were later found to have been plagiarized from a speech delivered by former US presidents, Bill Clinton and George Walker Bush.
This revelation has generated huge national and international interest. The minority NDC has called on the president to apologize and withdraw that speech from parliamentary records. This, the majority believes, is unnecessary to spend time on.
The Majority Leader in parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu was speaking with host of 3FM’s Sunrise morning show, Winston Amoah. “I think that it is much ado about nothing, the business about plagiarism is that when you quote from somebody and you don’t make any attribution then it will be said that maybe you have plagiarized, so who is the original person who made that statement do we know?” he questioned.
“Thirteen succeeding president in America have used that statement including George Bush. Did they make any attribution, Clinton also borrowed some aspects of it did they make any attribution? I think they should spare as this moment and I think we should apply ourselves to better things than the mundane,” he said.
But the minority in parliament is insisting that government must do the right thing by replacing the ‘plagiarized speech’ with a modified on.