Member of Parliament for Subin constituency, Hon. Isaac Osei who rose on a point of order during the usual parliamentary proceedings on Tuesday sought the guidance of the speaker as to whether the word was parliamentary or otherwise.
“Mr. Speaker, when the majority leader was speaking, a lot of people were saying ‘tweaaa’, I think if we don’t declare this word unparliamentary, we’ll be heading toward the situation….. because last week people tweaaad, today they are tweaaaing, tomorrow they will tweaaa, and after all Mr. Speaker, up to today, we don’t know the person who said tweaa” he said.
His request, which was preceded by a chorus repetition of the word ‘tweaaa’ by most members of the minority side in parliament as the majority leader rose to announce the postponement of President Mahama‘s delivery of the State of the Nation Address saw members of Parliament burst into laughter.
Without mincing words, the speaker of parliament declared the word uparliamentary.
“Honourable members, the way and the manner it is being said, its being said in a manner that disrupts the business of the house and to that extent is unparliamentary, the speaker said.
The word ‘tweaaa’ as widely used by many Ghanaians in recent times is a literal exclamation that expresses disapproval and is denigrating. “Who are you”, “what do I care”, “just look who is talking” are some connotations of the word. It became extremely popular last month after the DCE of Ahafo Ano South burst in anger following an audience’s ‘tweaaa’ to his brag.