Parliament house
Parliament house

The Speaker of Parliament, on Tuesday abruptly suspended sitting when an argument by both sides of the House on the recent narcotics haul nearly degenerated into a contest of which political tradition had its history steeped in narco-trade.

Parliament in session
Parliament in session

Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul, before making his contribution to the debate on the 2015 budget, pulled from under his table a?12-kilogramme bag of rice, raised it, and asked the House how a woman was able to outwit security at the Kotoka International Airport with ?such a heavy load? of cocaine.

He was making reference to one Miss Nayele Ametefe, who was arrested last week at the Heathrow Airport in London, for trafficking 12.5 kilogrammes of cocaine from Ghana.

The action infuriated the Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin, who rebutted that ?if the Minority wants this cocaine issue to stick to the Majority, I assure them that it would not stick?, adding that Ghanaians knew which political party was associated with the drugs trade.

The House was thrown into confusion as legislators from both sides took verbal swipes at each other, noisily hurling invectives at each other.

The Minority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu made matters worse when he supported the action of his deputy, indicating that the Majority side had the unenviable history of a Speaker whose wife and son were caught with drugs.

Immediately, Speaker Adjaho, suspended sitting and asked the leadership of the House to meet him at his office.

After some 20 minutes, the House resumed and the parties apologized for their conduct after which the Speaker advised the Deputy Minority Leader to present a statement for debate on the issue.

GNA

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