Parliament is not a house for retired actors--- Shirley Ayokor Botchway jabs Dumelo

Parliament is not a house for retired actors— Shirley Ayokor Botchway jabs Dumelo

Parliament is not a house for retired actors— Shirley Ayokor Botchway jabs Dumelo

Parliament is not a house for retired actors— Shirley Ayokor Botchway jabs Dumelo

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayokor Botchway has stated that Parliament is a place for serious minded people and not for retired entertainers.

According to her, the Parliamentary candidate for the National Democratic Congress in the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency is not in the position to carry out the legislative role if voted for to sit in parliament.

“Parliament is for serious minded people and not people who have done some movies and think they are popular,” she said.

Addressing members of the Ayawaso West constituency, Ms Botchway admonished the people to rally round the incumbent member of parliament for her to win the seat against the actor cum politician.

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She insinuated that the house of parliament was not a house for individuals who gained popularity in acting and have retired to practice their acting career in parliament.

Ms Botchway insisted that serious minded people should only be given the nod to sit in parliament to seek the welfare of the country and the citizenry at large.

“It is a serious place, I will tell him; the laws of the country are enacted in parliament.

If our President can continue his job very well, he needs Lydia Alhassan in Parliament to do the job so that all you need as a constituency will be easily given to you,” she said.

Meanwhile, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on the members of the Constituency to vote “bloom bloom bloom” for Ms Alhassan.

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He said she possessed the qualities to seek the betterment of the people of the area and should be given the nod come December 7.

However, Mr Dumelo and Ms Alhassan yesterday clashed during a constituency debate organised by 3news in Accra.

The debate almost turned into a fight after the MP described the action of the actor who was poised to help members of the Constituency through a desilting project to prevent flood in the area as “unreasonable.”

Responding to why she halted a developmental project embarked by Mr Dumelo, Ms Alhassan said the NDC parliamentary aspirant failed to seek the permit from the right authorities before embarking on the project.

She stated that Mr Dumelo failed to think thoroughly through his action and acted on impulse, thus she enforced the law together with the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE).

Ms Alhassan noted that any deep thinker would not have acted in the manner which Mr Dumelo did and did nothing wrong by notifying the right authorities to stop the actor from carrying out his project.

Her phrase and adjectives she used in her submission infuriated Mr Dumelo and he demanded her to render an apology which Ms Alhassan failed to do.

This compelled Mr Dumelo to walk out on the debaters but was later calmed and persuaded by the moderator to stay.


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