Parliament Denies Mahama Rumour


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Members of Parliament (MPs) have denied claims that they were not ready to receive President John Dramani Mahama – the reason why he decided to defer the date of his much-awaited State of the Nation Address.

The President was originally scheduled to deliver the Address in Parliament yesterday, February 20, but the event had to be rescheduled to next Tuesday, February 25, for unknown reasons.

A statement issued by the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament on Wednesday said the impression was created as though the House was not prepared to receive the President for his message on the state of the nation.

Rather, the statement indicated, ‘In a letter dated the 6 th of February, 2014, Rt. Hon. Speaker duly notified his Excellency the President of the readiness of the House to receive the Message on Thursday, 20 th February, 2014.’

It therefore noted, ‘The new date, which is February 25, as communicated by the President to the House, cannot be as a result of the House’s inability to receive the President.’

Some media reports had suggested that Parliament was not prepared because things were being put in place to give the House a new facelift to usher the President in.

But Parliament said it was President Mahama who unilaterally postponed the date with no reason given.

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A letter from the Presidency to the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, indicated that President Mahama would not deliver the address on Thursday due to “ unforeseen circumstances .”

Former Member of Parliament for Asokwa in the Ashanti region, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, expressed disappointment in President Mahama for postponing the State of the Nation Address.

Speaking to Peacefmonline.com , Mr. Jumah slammed President Mahama, saying his ‘unprecedented’ move to deny the nation his account of it this week connotes that his government is “disorganized’.

‘Where it comes out that we have to postpone the delivery of the State of the Nation Address – for whatever the reason – it is a bad thing to happen…It connotes a President who is disorganized; an administration that is disorganized and doesn’t know what it’s doing.”

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Parliament Clears Air On Mahama
Members of Parliament (MPs) have denied claims that they were not ready to receive President John Dramani Mahama – the reason why he decided to defer the date of his much-awaited State of the Nation Address.

The President was originally scheduled to deliver the Address in Parliament yesterday, February 20, but the event had to be rescheduled to next Tuesday, February 25, for unknown reasons.

A statement issued by the Public Affairs Directorate of Parliament on Wednesday said the impression was created as though the House was not prepared to receive the President for his message on the state of the nation.

Rather, the statement indicated, ‘In a letter dated the 6 th of February, 2014, Rt. Hon. Speaker duly notified his Excellency the President of the readiness of the House to receive the Message on Thursday, 20 th February, 2014.’

It therefore noted, ‘The new date, which is February 25, as communicated by the President to the House, cannot be as a result of the House’s inability to receive the President.’

Some media reports had suggested that Parliament was not prepared because things were being put in place to give the House a new facelift to usher the President in.

But Parliament said it was President Mahama who unilaterally postponed the date with no reason given.

A letter from the Presidency to the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, indicated that President Mahama would not deliver the address on Thursday due to “ unforeseen circumstances .”

Former Member of Parliament for Asokwa in the Ashanti region, Maxwell Kofi Jumah, expressed disappointment in President Mahama for postponing the State of the Nation Address.

Speaking to Peacefmonline.com , Mr. Jumah slammed President Mahama, saying his ‘unprecedented’ move to deny the nation his account of it this week connotes that his government is “disorganized’.

‘Where it comes out that we have to postpone the delivery of the State of the Nation Address – for whatever the reason – it is a bad thing to happen…It connotes a President who is disorganized; an administration that is disorganized and doesn’t know what it’s doing.”

 

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