The Member of Parliament for the Tano North Constituency, Freda Akosua Prempeh has called on the Minority Caucus in parliament to apologise to the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Lydia Alhassan, for walking out during her swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, 5 January 2019 and also describing her as a “bloody widow”.
The Minority has come under intense public criticism after they showed placards with the inscription as they walked out during her swearing in by the first deputy Speaker of Parliament.
The lawmaker in an interview with Chairman General On Peace FM, Kokrokoo Morning Show said, the behaviour of the Minority Caucus is “cold-hearted” and “heartless”, considering the fact that the new lawmaker is a widow.
“Where is their humanity? For political reasons, the NDC MPs chose to throw away one of our societal norms of according a widow, respect and went ahead to describe her in such an unpalatable manner. This is the height of insensitivity on the part of the Minority! This is heartless, to say the least.” – she quizzed.
According to her, the action by the Minority is something that is too bad for all of us as Ghanaians , adding that,the Minority should be ashamed, especially the women on the other side.
Ms Freda Prempeh, however, called on all gender advocates and feminists, especially those in the august House, to openly condemn the conduct of the minority who also walked out during the swearing in of the newly-elected MP.
“I condemned it and I want all women to do as such. No matter what the situation is, no woman should be treated in such a way. What they did is just below the belt. They have to apologize to women and all widows in this country,” she added.