The First Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for the Bekwai Constituency, Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu popularly known as Joe Wise says he can’t be offended by a statement made by Dr. Sam Jonah which seeks to impinge his integrity, MyNewsGh.com reports.
Parts of an epistle delivered by the business mogul reflecting on the current state of Ghana and its potential effect on the future generation read “One of the saddest moments for me was after the State of the Nation address when an MP was asked why there had not been serious outpouring of grief about the death of the innocent people in Techiman, his response was that as far as he was concerned, they were undeserving of any sympathy because he saw them as armed robbers. For me, that was a new low for the country.”
This the legislator in an interview on Kumasi-based Pure FM with Kwame Adinkrah monitored by MyNewsGh.com, believes it was in a direct attack on him but he cannot be offended since like himself, Dr. Sam Jonah is as much a victim of media misrepresentation and sensationalism.
“I have had time to read the speech by Dr. Sam Jonah and I must say some parts were directly in reference to me but I’m I offended? No.
He based his assertion on a headline and he is as much a victim of media misrepresentation like myself.
Largely, he stated nothing different from my already held view. I agree with him. The rate at which our moral values is degenerating, if we do not change the dynamics, we all will be doomed.”
“Kwame, I’m an optimist and I believe we should all focus on what we can change and not on whether I have a reservation about some of the contents in his speech.” Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu stated on Pure FM’s ‘Pure Morning Drive’
In a critique of President Akufo-Addo’s State of the Nation Address, Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader of Parliament identified the president’s silence on the persons killed during the 2020 election as a major flaw of the address.
Describing it as ‘conspicuous’, Haruna Iddrisu bemoaned President’s Akufo-Addo’s failure to capture the death of five people in the elections in the final address of his first term but in responding, Joseph Osei Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker is quoted by some media outlets as likening the victims of the Techiman South shooting incident to armed robbers gunned down by the police.
Joe Wise as he is known in the political circles in his justification said the president exercised sound discretion by being silent on the matter.
“The president should stay out, let the investigative people determine what happened but I think it is not fair to insist that because somebody died, even if he was in the process of committing a crime, it becomes an issue, No, I beg to differ.”
“I think it is not fair for people to refer to an event without going back, what happened? Should the president just be talking about if a criminal is shot, the crime does not matter?”, he quizzed.
When asked if it was okay for the President not to send a message of condolence to family of the victim, Joe Wise quizzed “do we commiserate with the families of armed robbers we shoot?”. He is quoted as saying.
Source: MyNewsGh.com| Evans Osei-Bonsu| 2021