Ghana’s Military High Command has been ordered to investigate the invasion of its officers in Parliament during its 8th inauguration.
A Minister-designate for National Security, Albert Kan Dapaah made this known when he appeared before Parliament’s Appointments Committee on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
Mr. Dapaah told the committee that those involved in the scuffle will be sanctioned if it is established that their actions were unprofessional.
“I know that orders have been given to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to investigate the military invasion of Parliament and to take the appropriate action, if he also comes to the conclusion that what happened on 7th January was totally unprofessional,” he said.
Chaotic scenes erupted after a governing party deputy tried to seize the ballot box during the vote for parliament speaker. The ensuing clash lasted several hours until the army stepped in, with national television broadcasting the drama live.
“There was total breakdown of law and order,” said MP-elect Kwame Twumasi Ampofo of the opposition National Democratic Congress. “Looking at a member of parliament and a minister of state snatching ballot papers … was so shameful.”
Footage from the overnight confrontation in parliament showed some of the legislators shouting and brawling with rivals.
“This is history wrongly being made. We need to bow our heads in shame,” said ABA Fuseini, another incoming opposition MP.
“They thought they could bring in the military to intimidate us but we’ll resist it. The whole world was watching and everyone must be worried. It’s a testimony that Nana Akufo-Addo didn’t win the election,” he added.
Samuel Abu Jinapor, an MP-elect with Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party (NPP), described the events in parliament as a “complete mess”.
Source: Daily Mail GH