Ursula justifies ‘brothel’ comment despite backlash

Communication minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Communications minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has justified her ‘brothel’ comments despite widespread criticism that has characterized it.

The minister in a letter to former deputy finance minister, Cassiel Ato Forson said she will not take lessons in good morals from a brothel.

This was after the Ejumako Enyan Essiam MP and former deputy finance minister in a letter to her asked that she withdraw her CST directive to telcos operating in the country.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful has come under a barrage of criticism following what some have described as “offensive”, her reply to the legislator.

Ato Forson in another letter to the minister said he refuses to join her in her ‘brothel’, admonishing her to be civil in her utterances.

But the communications minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has defended the use of her language saying it is an idiomatic expression.

“i hate to say that maybe, it is his [Ato Forson] understanding of the idiomatic expression used which is leading him to think that i’m referring to a literal brothel. I’m not.What I said is the English translation of an Akan idiom. Understand the phrase and what it is seeking to do. I don’t see what is abusive about this…Sometimes we are quick to pick words out of context and read meanings into them. Maybe someone advise me to lower my expectation of people ”

“I apologize for leading us all down this interesting lane this past few days. I’ve had a lot of fun reading the comments” she said in an interview monitored by The Ghana Report. 

Meanwhile, former Ambassador to Namibia, Haruna Attah has also condemned the minister over the comments saying she disrespected Ghana’s Coat of Arms under which she wrote her letter.

Source The Ghana Report/Sefanam Agbobli

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