Parliament observes a minute silence for Kintampo accident victims

Barely 24 hours after it was lambasted for snubbing victims of the Kintampo accident and observing a minute silence for persons killed by Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique and victims of the shooting in New Zealand, Parliament has finally observed a minute silence for the accident victims.

Parliament, on Monday, observed a one-minute silence for victims of the tragic events New Zealand as well as citizens of Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique who have died and have been displaced because of the cyclone.

Ghanaians took to social media to express their disappointment in Parliament for snubbing their constituents to focus on other persons in other countries.

But the House has on Tuesday observed a minute silence for the departed souls in the accident.

Kintampo South MP Felicia Adjei in a statement said, the whole country was hit with the accident last week Friday.

She disclosed before the House she was assisted by some other parliamentarians to visit the scene and survivors.

She described as sad the burning beyond recognition of some of the passengers.

She also described the accident as a national disaster and appealed to government, to hold a national memorial service for the departed souls and also a declare three-day national mourning for the victims.

First Deputy Speaker of Parliament,  Joseph Osei Owusu on his part called for discipline among drivers and the strict enforcement of road and traffic regulations.

He asked passengers to stand up for their protection and avoid being intimidated.

‘‘When you are a passenger, you must also look out for the things that may compromise your safety and complain about the particular driver,’’ he added.

Speaker of Parliament Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye commenting on the matter said passengers were at risk when hard liquor is being sold at various lorry stations.

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