Alban Bagbin appeared in Parliament in a traditional wear
He was seen dressed as a chief from the Volta region
But Kwesi Pratt says he was worried because he is not a king
Kwesi Pratt Jnr, the Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, has expressed shock at the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, for ditching his official outfit for a traditional outfit on the first day of the second session of the 8th Parliament.
According to him, the Speaker of Parliament presiding over proceedings of the House on Tuesday, dressed like a chief from the Volta region, intended to distract from the important and major issues of the day.
He described the event of Tuesday, January 25, as a “complete spectacle” whilst making a submission on Metro TV’s ‘Good Morning Ghana’ programme on Wednesday, January 26, 2022.
“I was really shocked when I saw the footage from Parliament; I was completely shocked,” Kwesi Pratt Jnr told the host, Randy Abbey.
“What happened in Parliament yesterday [Tuesday] was a spectacle, complete spectacle and intended to distract from the important and major issues of the day,” he added.
Pratt noted that, the Speaker’s welcome address was quite witty but “all of that was crowded with his rather interesting appearance.”
He indicated that, he has over the years advocated for a change in dress code for Parliamentarians because Parliamentarians over the years used to turn out people wearing what is described as “Ghanaian attire”.
He noted that, the symbolism of the Speaker’s outfit to Parliament has nothing to do with promoting Republicanism, nor promoting the equality of citizens but has everything to do with promoting systems of governance.
Pratt explained that the dress code of the Speaker of Parliament does not promote modesty of public officials because public officials must appear in public very modestly.
“The Speaker is not the king of Parliament, he is the umpire in Parliament. The Speaker is not king, he is an umpire,” Kwesi Pratt Jnr stressed.