The Member of Parliament (MP) for Sekyere Afram Plains Alex Adomako-Mensah has stated that lawmakers in the country are not mandated to communicate only in the queen’s language on the floor of parliament.
According to him, the constitution provides room for use of other languages as medium of communication on the floor of the house provided there is an interpreter.
He therefore observes that claims that some MPs cannot speak English and have been relegated to the background in parliament is flawed and lacks merit.
Speaking to Lantam Papanko on the Ultimate Breakfast Show, he said the constitution only mandates that a person can be a Member of Parliament (MP) if he attains the mandatory age and is of sound mind.
“Even though we use English language in parliament, the constitution does not state that as the only medium of communication on the floor of parliament. Until the constitution is amended to allow for persons seeking occupying parliamentary positions to attain a particular level of education, what is currently enshrined will be abided by”, he emphasized.
Alex Adomako-Mensah added that any Ghanaian 25-years and above and of sound mind is qualified to be a lawmaker but disclosed that the new entrants constituting 62% in the 7th Parliament of the 4th Republic will understudy the old and experienced ones.
“Bagbin, Kyei Mensah and other experienced hands are there to train us to be able to work well as parliamentarians in the country”, he added.