Mr Speaker, insofar as I can agree with the Hon Majority Leader, where her sisters-in-law are not part of the family, I can agree with the Hon Deputy Minority Leader, that his sisters- in-law are not part of the family.
Mr Speaker, there is no family in Ghana where one's cousin is not part of the family. There is no single group in Ghana where one's cousin is not part of his family. So, to eliminate “cousin” and bring “brother-
in-law”, I was wondering whether he did not say “ex-brother-in-law.” One cannot have an ex-cousin; once a cousin, always a cousin.
Mr Speaker, so, no matter the definition they would want to bundle round, the extent and the limitation, cousin should be prime. Just imagine your child and your sister's child, till they go to the grave, they are related, and they are cousins and family. So, how could one skip over “cousins” and bring “ex-wives” or “wives” “ husbands” no matter how long that relationship was?
One could have an ex-wife, but one can never have an ex-son, and one can never have an ex-daughter, and for that matter, an ex-nephew and ex-niece.
Mr Speaker, if one is talking about family, he should relate it to Ghana. Whereas I can agree with the Hon Majority Leader and the Hon Deputy Minority Leader that these are not part of the family, they cannot say their elder brothers' sons are not part of the family, neither can I ever say my sister 's daughters and my children are not cousins.
Mr Speaker, cousins should be first. In Ghana, the reality is that, those who are into business and others do it through their cousins more than anybody else; so, “cousins” should come.
I do not agree with the Hon Member for Wa West that mine has been thrown away. If we throw “cousins” away, apart from father and sister --
Mr Speaker, I must end by saying that, if we would want to go there, there is a definition that Wikipedia says, and I would want to read it:
“ ‘Family' is defined as the specific group of people that may be made up of partners, children, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grand- parents”.
“Cousins” can never be omitted.