The Minister-designate for Communications and Digitization, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has described sitting on her fellow legislator, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh‘s lap, in the course of the dissolution of the seventh Parliament as utilizing bodily restraint to subdue him.
Her remark was in reference to the incident that occurred within the Chamber of Parliament in the course of the early hours of Wednesday, January 7, 2020 in the course of the election of a brand new Speaker of Parliament.
As a part of the occasions of that day, Members of Parliament (MP) of the Nationwide Democratic Congress occupied the seats meant for his or her colleagues on the opposite facet of the aisle, creating confusion within the Home when the New Patriotic Get together MPs got here in.
Based on Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, the Juaboso MP, had occupied her seat after she took a visit to the toilet and refused to vacate her seat even when she had returned.
His refusal to vacate her seat, in accordance with her, left her with restricted choices, of which sitting on his lap was the popular selection given the circumstances. This, nonetheless, was in defiance of his determination to occupy her seat and as a method to subdue him from pushing her off and inflicting any “unintended penalties” to himself.
“In spite of everything the joy of that day, I didn’t need to be get together to such a factor. However I did want to take a seat down. So I sat within the chair that I used to be occupying earlier than I went to the washroom, which he occurred to be sitting on. Once I sat down, he began making an attempt to shake me off and was transferring backwards and forwards earlier than he shortly realised that it will have unintended penalties that may not be good for him.
“And so he shortly stopped and froze. And at that time, I made a decision to restrain him from inflicting any additional injury to himself,” she defined.
“I used bodily restraint to subdue him. So it was a bodily restraint to subdue an obstreperous grownup,” she acknowledged emphatically.
She additionally famous that that in her expertise “even when there are seats accessible, the gents stand up to supply their seats to women who might not have a seat in the home. They don’t go away the chair that they’re sitting on to come back and occupy the seat that the woman is sitting on.”
As such, in her opinion, it was evident that Mr Akandoh – whose seat was empty – was “hoping to impress an incident” when he determined to occupy her seat even after she had returned from the washroom.