Suspended Speaker of the General Assembly of the University of Ghana Student Representative Council, Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ampem Owusu Agyei has maintained that his walk-out from Wednesday’s sitting was borne out of a sheer attempt to secure his safety.
This is in sharp contrast to the claims made by some members of the General Assembly that the Speaker had acted unconstitutionally by unilaterally calling the House into a recess and bailing on its proceedings.
This decision of the Speaker to call the House into a recess was followed immediately with a charge at the Speaker in an alleged assault attempt by one Fritz Moses.
This, according to the Speaker was a threat to his life which may have been executed, but for the timely intervention of some other members of the house.
Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ampem Owusu Agyei was immediately escorted out of the Sitting in the secured company of Pius Baidoo (Fmr. JCR President, Mensah Sarbah Hall) and Francis Oppong (JCR President, Elizabeth Frances Sey Hall).
However, for the members of the General Assembly who were present, the Speaker had grossly disregarded the standing orders of the House and had misconducted himself by walking out on honorable members
‘Where in this world is this done? Imagine Prof. Mike Ocquaye just gets up one day while Ghana’s Parliament is in session and says he cannot continue the sitting any longer and so is calling for a recess. The Speaker unilaterally decides to plunge the entire House into redundancy because he thinks he cannot continue? Please!’, one member of the house fumed.
But reacting to the matter, Emmanuel Ampem Owusu Agyei told #UniversNews that, he was compelled to walk out of the sitting as some members of the House violently approached him and threatened to attack him.
“I didn’t walk out because I felt like breaching the law, every member of the House would witness to the fact that, I was under attack, I had to move out to secure my safety” he said.
General Assembly votes to suspend Speaker
Meanwhile, members of the General Assembly, in a unilateral vote, have through “a vote of no confidence” relieved Right Honorable Emmanuel Kwaku Ampem from his duties as the Chairperson of the General Assembly.
The move by the General Assembly was informed by a motion raised by John Acquah, a member of the House to unseat the Speaker through a vote of no confidence as stipulated by the UG SRC Committee as the legitimate means of removing from office the Speaker of the General Assembly.
The motion was necessitated by an attempt by the Speaker who walked out in the middle of a discussion after calling the House into recess without entertaining a related motion from the members of the House, as is the standard Parliamentary practice.
Story by: Elliot Nuertey | universnewsroom.com