No MP has contracted COVID-19, let them provide evidence - Hon. Osei Kyei Mensa Bonsu
Hon. Mohammed Muntaka countered a statement from Ghana’s Parliament and confirmed that two Members of Parliament (MPs) have contracted the coronavirus disease.
The majority leader in the Ghanaian Parliament, Hon. Osei Kyei Mensa Bonsu has denied allegations that some Members of Parliament have contracted COVID-19, challenging that whoever affirms on the credibility of the report must provide evidence to back his claim.
He accused the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament (MP) for circulating the unproven outcomes for the self-seeking gains especially during this election season.
“Ask the accusers and let them provide evidence if the story is authentic,” he responded to Kwame Tanko in an interview on Angel FM on Friday Morning when asked on the credibility of the story.
“No MP has contracted COVID-19. When we went on recess and later resumed, as a family in one building, we thought it wise to go through the testing for our own safety but agreed not to disclose the details except to individuals affected if there is any,” he said.
The Minority Chief Whip, Mohammed Muntaka countered a statement from Ghana’s Parliament and confirmed that two Members of Parliament (MPs) have contracted the coronavirus disease disclosing that the reports are true and that, 13 staff of the parliamentary service have also tested positive.
The Leader of Parliament took on Friday, May 29, 2020, denied the tangibility of the story and explained that it was created out of hearsay and the reporter was asked to pull down the publication which he did and so, Hon. Muntaka is reviving its movement to create fear and panic which one way or the other might affect parliament schedules and call for the closure of the house.
“If someone says there is an infection, let the person provide evidence. The Director of Public Affairs, Kate Addo consulted the person who reported the story on where he had his information. He mined the news from the conversation of two MPs whiles passing by. He was asked to pull down the publication three days ago which he did.
“A press conference was later made and reporters were advised to be precise in their reportage concerning the House,” he added.
The MP for Suame Constituency pointed out that the biggest opposition party in the country is trying to create anxiety in contrast to parliamentary proceedings in such a time of choosing a leader for the country. He assured that parliament will continue working and MPs who do not want to be in the House can choose to be gone.
“Radio stations involved in the promotion of this story are NDC stations. The story has been pulled out yet the news keeps trending, which must tell you that they are creating fear and panic in order to close parliament to worsen matters in the upcoming elections.
"Parliament will continue his work regardless of the news without evidence,” he assured.