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Murtala and Ursula argue in parliament on the LGBTQ+ Bill.

Murtala and Ursula argue in parliament on the LGBTQ+ Bill. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, an outspoken member of parliament for Ablekuma West, and Ibrahim Murtala Muhammad, an MP for Tamale Central, got into a fight on the House floor on Wednesday over offensive remarks made about the Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill (LGBT+), 2021, during the bill’s second reading.

Following the unanimous adoption of the report on the bill supported by Andy Appiah-Kubi, MP for Asante Akim North, the Second Deputy Speaker, Andrew Asiamah, allowed opportunity for members to offer their input.

Murtala apparently whispered from the rear that Ursula practiced same-sex marriage, and Ursula’s response seemed to deviate from the widespread condemnation of the act.

Hon. Murtala did not speak into the microphone, thus it was impossible to consider what she said to be an official statement, but Ursula claimed to have heard it.

Murtala and Ursula argue in parliament on the LGBTQ+ Bill.

She supposedly indicated that Murtala was crazy in her response as well.

After she finished speaking, the MP for Ablekuma West drew the Second Deputy Speaker’s attention once more and sought an apology from the MP for Tamale Central.

When prompted to retract the comment by the Deputy Speaker, Murtala claimed that because he had not spoken into the microphone, he could not be expected to do so.

Hon. Murtala pleaded for guidance, saying, “I said so many things, may I please know which one I should withdraw.”

The second Deputy Speaker requested Cassiel Ato Forson, the Minority Leader, to push his colleague to withdraw after he refused to do so.

Murtala then claimed that for the sake of peace, he had revoked all of his statements.

Ursula apparently lost her cool after Murtala’s apologies and reiterated what Murtala had allegedly said for everyone to hear.

After that, she apologized if her remarks had also offended Murtala.

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