Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West, Mrs Ursula Ekuful has described President John Dramani Mahama’s use of the popular Akan word ‘tweaa’ in Parliament as a sign of gross disrespect to the Speaker, Rt Hon Edward Doe Adjaho.
Delivering his State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, President Mahama after hearing the word ‘Tweaa’ on the floor of Parliament asked “Who said Tweaa? Are you my co-equal?”
Prior to this, the Speaker of Parliament had banned the use of the word ‘tweaa’ which was fast becoming a very popular catchphrase in Ghana.
According to him, the use of that particular Akan word was un-parliamentary and should not be part of the “Parliamentary lexicon.”
It is in this regard that the Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West thinks President Mahama’s use of the ‘un-parliamentary’ word after the Speaker’s ban; was a sign of disrespect.
“Even though the Speaker of Parliament had declared the word un-parliamentary, the President started using it in his (Speaker) presence. I felt it wasn’t proper…in my view it didn’t show too much respect” she said on ‘Kokrokoo’.
She told Kwami Sefa Kayi that President Mahama seemed not to have taken the delivering of the address serious because “he was in a relaxed mood” and made lots of jokes.
“Yes, admittedly he was a former parliamentarian and so he felt at home but he was also fulfilling a constitutional mandate and so some level of seriousness should have been attached to his presentation. He was in too much of a relaxed mood and so it gave the impression that he didn’t take the exercise serious. When you look at his whole delivery, you will wonder if it was an address or a campaign message”.