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Deputy Speaker and Deputy Minority Chief Whip clash over quorum in parliament

A heated exchange ensued between the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Doe Adjaho, and the Deputy minority Chief Whip, Gifty Kusi, in Parliament today.

The heated exchange ensued as a result of a misunderstanding over the issue of quorum raised by the member for Atwima Mponua, Isaac Assiamah, during the approval of 7 million Euro facility to finance the enhancement of road safety and the implementation of solar street lighting Programme.

Isaac Assiamah insisted that the house did not form a quorum to transact business which the First   Deputy Speaker over ruled.

He based his argument on order 48 of parliament, which according to him requires the right number of members to transact important businesse.

But First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Doe Adjaho, indicated that Hon. Isaac Assiamah was supposed to second the motion for the passage of the loan adding that the rules of the house are clear to members.

However the ruling from the First Deputy Speaker did not go down well with Deputy Minority Chief Whip, Gifty Kusi, who insisted that the house should reverse whatever decision that it has taken, but First Deputy Speaker Doe Adjaho ruled her out of order.

According to Hon. Gifty Kusi, Order 109 of Parliament requires the house at least one-half of members to be present before the decision can be made indicating that 45 members cannot approve the loan.

Deputy Majority leader Rashid Pelpuo admonished members of the house to take the business of the house seriously.

Source: Radio Gold Newsroom || Bernard Allotey