The Education Minister and Member of Parliament for Manhyia North, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has dismissed claims that he insulted Tamale North MP Alhassan Suhuyini.
His denial comes after Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George stated that that Dr Opoku Prempeh described the former Radio Gold Journalist as a “a fool”, which created tension nearly resulting in a brawl in Parliament on Thursday.
“I absolutely and unequivocally deny that I used that word on Hon. Suhuyini during the proceedings in the House or at any other time in parliament yesterday. It must be noted that during yesterday’s proceedings, only four Members of Parliament spoke. They are the Majority and Minority Leaders, Hon Alban Bagbin, and Hon Ayariga,” Dr. Opoku Prempeh said in a statement.
The statement added “In any event, whilst the Hansard relating to yesterdays’ proceedings is not yet available, the proceedings were televised live. Clearly I would have been heard by viewers uttering those words if indeed Hon Sam George heard them, as he sits on the other side of the House.
“No doubt the Speaker too would have heard and certainly would have swiftly ordered that I withdraw the word. No such thing occurred, as viewers of yesterday’s proceedings would note.”
Dr. Opoku Prempeh called on Sam George to apologise as soon as possible for his unfounded allegations.
“I take grave exceptions to the scurrilous and unfounded allegations by my colleague Member of Parliament. The people of Ghana have reposed utmost confidence in us by electing us to represent them in the House. It is therefore important that at all times we conduct ourselves with decorum to preserve the integrity of the House and to justify that confidence.
“I expect Sam George to do the honourable thing by swiftly apologizing for his unfounded allegations.”