A leading member of pressure group OccupyGhana, Sydney Casely-Hayford has rendered an unqualified apology to Ghana’s Parliamentarians following his comment against them on Saturday July 8, 2017.
He is reported to have said ‘The first thing I will do if I had the opportunity is to break down parliament. We don’t need it. These people are sitting there, spending money like crazy, making stupid decisions, and passing stupid laws. They don’t read the papers that they are given, they don’t think through what the challenges are’.
His comment has infuriated the legislators who are threatening to invite him to the house for questioning.
But Mr Casely-Hayford admitted he used some language which he was not supposed to have used.
“I indeed went over the top, I do apologize for that. I used some language which I supposed I should not have used. I unreservedly apologize because in matured conversation, when you say something that you offend somebody and you are prompted, the least you can do is to say I’m sorry, it wasn’t meant to be offensive, this is where I was going and if it came out the wrong way then I do apologize sincerely, I have no reservation doing that,” he said Eyewitness news.
He indicated that he was somehow misconstrued and that there is no way he would call for dissolution of Parliament.
“I think that the article that came out was a little misconstrued in the way it was presented so it made it look like I was insulting parliament. There is no reason why I will call for a dissolution of Parliament and suggest that we have ten,’ he said.
Mr Casely-Hayford made the comment during a seminar organized by the Governance and Security Group of Africa (CSG Africa) on Saturday July 8, 2017 at the African Regent Hotel in Accra.