Shutdown Parliament to contain spread of COVID-19 among MPs— ACEPA Director
Executive Director of the Africa Centre for Parliamentary Affairs, (ACEPA), Dr Rasheed Dramani has reiterated calls on authorities to as a matter of urgency shutdown the Parliamentary House to contain spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) among members of parliament (MPs).
This follows the announcement by the Speaker, Alban Bagbin that some of the legislators have tested positive for the virus and have failed to comply with the safety treatment etiquette.
Dr Dramani who was not enthused about the happenings in parliament in a media interview urged authorities to close down the place.
“Parliament should be shut down by now and I think the initiative by the Right (Rt) Honourable Speaker to do some form of rotation and some of the work done virtually is in the right direction.”
“There is too much indiscipline whether you are talking about absenteeism to all these things happening,” he said.
Dr Dramani insisted that it was time for the parliament to crack the whip to ensure discipline among recalcitrant members in the house.
“We keep talking about this but until somebody is made an example and we crack the whip, I don’t think the system is going to change,” he said.
The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu, who read a speech on behalf of Mr Alban Bagbin on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 said the Speaker would be compelled to publish names of patients in parliament who have failed to self isolate.
“Some Members of Parliament who have tested positive to COVID-19 are still coming to the Chamber,”
“The Speaker wishes to inform you that if those members do not withdraw and isolate, he will be forced to publish the names of members who have tested positive in order to warn the rest of us.”
”Please, let us take this protocol seriously and let us all members who have been informed of their test results, that they have tested positive to withdraw from the precincts of Parliament, not just the Chamber,” Mr Osei-Owusu added.
He advised them to seek medical attention and also stay in their individual homes to they are treated of the ailment.
“Stay home and self-isolate to go through the protocol and recover before you return to the House,” Mr Osei-Owusu stated.