ensure that we provide fairness, equity and inclusiveness to all categories of Ghanaians, especially women.
Madam Speaker, we wish His Excellency President Mills and His Vice, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama well, in their new distinguished offices.
Mr. Isaac Kwame Asiamah (NPP
- Atwima-Mponua): Madam Speaker, thank you for this golden opportunity to contribute to the Statement on the floor. Madam Speaker, I must begin by congratulating first of all, President John Evans Atta Mills and Vice President, John Dramani Mahama on the assumption of office.
Madam Speaker, it is important to note that swearing in of a President is very significant, and the Presidential Oath should be respected and upheld. It is very important.
Madam Speaker, what happened on the 7th of January, 2009 leaves much to be desired. Madam Speaker, for me there was no swearing-in before Parliament and for me, it was an apology of the highest order.
Madam Speaker, simply, Professor Atta Mills, President of the Republic Ghana did not swear, he messed up with the words - [Uproar.] Madam Speaker, it is important to put this on record, and I demand the President to come back to this House and swear again before the people of this country - [Uproar! ]
Madam Speaker, there is a difference
between “protect” and “preserve'. Every word in the Presidential Oath, as captured on page 205 of the 1992 Constitution, is significant - every word here - Presidential Oath, page 205 is significant.
Madam Speaker, for me, Professor Atta
Mills messed the whole thing up. And as a legislator, I demand an unqualified apology from the President of the Republic of Ghana. He must apologize to Ghanaians and indeed the international community for what he did on that day.
Madam Speaker, we gave him a copy
Madam Speaker, talking of peace and national reconciliation , it is important that we all embrace and welcome it. Madam Speaker, the hypocritical approach to bringing peace to this country is what I am worried about. what is this hypocrisy? when our national headquarters has become a refugee camp for our party activists and members. Go there, they are being chased left and right from all over the country. [Interruption.] Madam Speaker, this House should not sit down for the country to be further deeply divided.