Minority stages walk out over Amendment of Public Holidays

The Minority in Parliament today (Thursday)/walked out during the second reading of the Public Holidays (Amendment) Bill 2018.

The new Bill which has been introduced to the house seeks to amend the Public Holidays Act, 2001 (Act 601) to provide for the 7th day of January, the 4th day of August and the 21st day of September as additional statutory public holidays and for the celebration of the 25th day of May and the 1st day of July as commemorative days.

But taking time to debate the report which was presented to the plenary by Chairman of the committee, Seth Acheampong, Minority Leader, Haruna Idrissu observed that, the new bill is an attempt to rewrite the history of Ghana and to deny Kwame Nkrumah his right of place.

He opined that the minority was walking out because they do not want to be part of changing the history of Ghana and that when the NDC comes into power in 2020, they will review the new bill and change it.

The Minority sang a song “Kwame Nkrumah Show boy” in honor of Kwame Nkrumah while they walked out.

The debate continued after the walkout and on his part, Majority Leader, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu argued Kwame Nkrumah cannot be the only founder of Ghana and so the collective effort of others must be recognize.

By: Afia Kwarteng

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