The election of Rt. Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin as Speaker for the current Parliament came with heavy controversies leading to the snatching of ballot papers.
Two years on, the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Lower Manya Krobo Constituency Hon. Michael Teye Nyaunu known in the political space as MTN revealed that he would have slapped the former Trade and Industry Deputy Minister for bolting with uncounted ballot papers during the election of Hon S. K. Bagbin.
Recounting his experience and feeling during his days in parliament, MTN said Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah’s action was unacceptable and thus defiled the orders of parliament.
Michael Teye Nyaunu who said he misses parliament alleged that Majority MPs took bribe and walked out when voting for Ken Ofori Atta’s censure motion.
Charges of gross mismanagement of the economy were leveled against Mr. Ofori-Atta by the Majority caucus in Parliament kick-starting a petition by the Minority Caucus calling for his removal.
The Minority in Parliament has not been able to succeed in their attempt to remove Ken Ofori-Atta from office.
The censure motion against Finance Minister failed to meet the required number of votes to succeed.
The motion, which was debated and subsequently voted on, had only the Minority members present to vote.
All 136 Minority MPs took part in the secret vote to pass the censure motion. The Majority members walked out minutes before the voting commenced.
But reacting to this on Trust 98.3FM, Michael Teye Nyaunu accused the MPs of taking bribe and as a result failed to vote against Hon. Ken Ofori Atta.
Referencing his basis, the former lawmaker said, MPs during the fourth parliament in Former President J.A. Kufuor’s second regime took bribe of five thousand dollars. They voted for the divestiture of Ghana Telecom to Vodafone.
However, the four consecutive terms MP was quick to say that MPs on the minority side (NDC MPs), were not giving the money.
Adding more revelations, he said that Members of Parliament sometimes vote on issues against their wish since the Whips in parliament force them to vote in a certain line.
Hon. Michael Teye Nyaunu noted that financial burdens on MPs are numerous, making them spends their ‘pea nut’ salary without saving for the future. He said this worsens some Ghanaian MPs’ lives after they are booted out of parliament.
According to Hon. Nyaunu, he currently herds goats for survival.
Mr. Teye Nyaunu was a Member of Parliament for Lower Manya Krobo Constituency between 1997 and 2013.
Source: trustfmonline.com/Trust 98.3FM