14 July 2017

Don’t worsen your case with subtle justifications – Ras Mubarak tells Casely-Hayford

Kumbungu MP Ras Mubarak has said Sydney Casely-Hayford must stay away from his subtle justifications for his contemptuous statement, should he appear before parliament later.

According to him, he will be involved in more trouble with parliament should he go on the tangent making a case for his bad comments.

“His argument and subtle justification is very flawed and I hope that he doesn’t go on that tangent with parliament because people are very angry that you could impugn their reputation, ”he told Kasapa 102.5 FM Friday.

The OccupyGhana member is facing contempt charges by parliament after his remarks about the law-making arm of government at a summit a week ago.

Mr Casely-Hayford had said the following about the current and past MPs:

(1) “These people are sitting there, spending money like crazy, making stupid decisions and passing stupid laws…”

(2) “All they think of is ‘let’s pass this thing quickly, let’s go to Senchi Royal, let’s go and sit there and chill and come back…’”

(3) “They don’t read the papers that they are given, they don’t think through what the challenges are…”

(4) “The first thing I will do if I had the opportunity is to break down parliament…”

Following this, the Kumbungu MP on the floor of parliament on Thursday July 13 requested Speaker Mike Oquaye to invite the financial analyst for questioning based on what he said was the injurious comment that soils the reputation of the house.

Mr Casely-Hayford has offered unqualified apology in several radio interviews saying he went  “harsh” and “over the top” with his comments, indicating he’ll officially write an apology letter to parliament on the issue.

“I indeed went over the top, I do apologise for that. I used some language which I suppose I should not have used. I unreservedly apologise, because in mature conversation when you say something that you offend somebody and you are prompted, the least you can do is to say ‘I’m sorry’. It wasn’t meant to be offensive, this is where I was going and if it came out the wrong way then I do apologise sincerely, I have no reservation doing that,” he said.

But the Kumbungu legislator insists Casely-Hayford has disrespected the House and must face the law-making body for the unsavory comments about parliament.

“What he said is derogatory and affront to parliament. He still has to face parliament and this gives parliament the opportunity to sanitize the airwaves and also assert its authority.”

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