Audio: Sam George justifies ‘bloody widow placard’

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The decision by the Minority in Parliament to wield placards that read “bloody widow” has been justified by Ningo-Prampram Member of Parliament, Samuel George Nettey.

Sam George as he is known to many has described his side’s action as “normal parliamentary practice”.

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National Democratic Congress (NDC) MPs Tuesday morning walked out in protest against the swearing in of Lydia Alhassan, the newly-elected MP for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.

The Parliamentarians said they did not want to be associated with the process. While walking out, they raised placards with the inscription ‘Bloody Widow’.

This conduct by the Minority has been condemned by many who believe it is an affront to the August House.

But speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday, Sam George said though he did not see the supposed placards, the Minority did not err.

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He explained that it was a fact that the Ayawaso West Wuogon by-election was a “bloody bye-election” thus such description was apt.

The Ningo-Prampram MP cited how even President Akufo-Addo and late President Atta Mills while delivering their State of the Nation addresses suffered similar hecklings in Parliament to buttress his point.

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Sam George, however, ever urged Lydia Alhassan to take it in good faith since it was normal in Parliament.




    Flashcards with “BLOODY WIDOW” boldly written on them is what the NDC MPs showed in their walk out today. I am tempted to believe that these MPs were saying “a widow stained or covered with blood”. What they also communicated is that the newly sworn-in MP, Lydia Alhassan is so much of a widow. In this case, NDC MPs used “BLOODY” as an intensifier, as I could say the Finnish weather could be bloody awful in winter or the scene at the Ayawaso by-election violence was bloody awful. I have used bloody to communicate the intensity or how awful the scene was in Ayawaso. The NDC MPs were simply making mockery of madam Lydia of her widowhood. What stops them of writing “BLOODY MP” on their flashcards? After all, that’s what they were contesting; that they cannot be part of swearing in of a bloody MP. Madam Lydia, take heart. If you could save your husband, you would have done it. When death comes knocking doors of spouses of the MPs making fun of your state, no one can save them, and they would not be happy to be called “BLOODY WIDOW or WIDOWER”. To our newly-elected MP, madam Lydia Alhassan, we see you as a comforted widow and may your late husband, our former MP, rest in peace.

    Eben Owusu-Afriyie
    (NPP-Finland communication director)