The minister-designate of communications and Member of Parliament Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has noted that her description of the Minority taking leave of their senses was not an insult hence she would not apologise.
According to her, she was entitled to her opinion and cannot be forced to retract and apologise.
The nominee in 2020 berated the Minority for boycotting the last State of the Nation Address of President Akufo-Addo’s.
Clad in black, they moved out repeating a part of the anthem that says ‘and help us to resist oppressors rule with all our will and might forever more’. Members of the majority side however sent off their colleagues with chants of ‘away’.
Speaking on the matter, Madam Owusu-Ekuful without mincing words, said the decision to boycott the proceedings was senseless.
“If indeed the president had said something offensive which they were reacting to, it would have been understood,” she said.
“But staging a walkout which is uncalled for, totally without reason, it looks as if they’ve taken leave of their senses; excuse me to say. Particularly when their leadership also indulges in this completely unnecessary and senseless exercise…”
When confronted with the issue when she appeared before the Vetting Committee, she said her pronouncements were not meant to denigrate the Minority.
She said because she qualified her statements with excuse me to say, that cannot be an insult.
When asked if she agrees to owe the Minority an unqualified apology, she said no and that her comments should be taken into context.
According to her, her comment was English language and words have meaning and should be read in context.
She said it would be important to situate comments in context and if the Minority feels offended, she apologises.