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Has the speaker granted you leave to engage in private business? – Ras Mubarak quizzes Ursula Owusu

Former Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak is asking the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation Ursula Owusu-Ekuful whether she has been granted leave by the speaker of parliament to engage in private business. It follows an advertisement posted by the minister on her official Facebook page advertising an eye care company she is believed to be affiliated with.

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In the advertisement posted on minister’s Facebook handle-Ursula Owusu, she poses in a pair of eye glasses and urges persons who are interested in getting good eye care to visit the Ekuful Eye Care.

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Reacting to the Communication Minister’s post, Ras Mubarak took to the comment section prod her about the possible implications of her action. According to the former Kumbungu MP, there would have been a clamor for the minister’s resignation in other jurisdictions for breaking the Ministerial Code.

My dear Hon. friend, you’ve been in politics long enough and have experience. In any other serious jurisdiction, you would have been breaking the Ministerial code by this with calls for your resignation. Sure u are aware of the most recent row in the UK about a former PM calling a current Uk  minister about some private business.

He also questioned if she had been granted permission by the Speaker of Parliament to engage in private business and the possible implications if she had not been.

As an MP, has the Speaker officially granted you leave to engage in private business? If not yet, it can also constitute a breach of your parliamentary code of ethics.

Mr. Mubarak concluded on a lighter note by hinting of invitation to the minister for Iftar- the evening meal with which Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.

Wish u well though. Will be inviting you and yours soon for Iftar.

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