Soldier jailed 90 days and stripped of rank for joining #DropThatChamber campaign

Lance Corporal Wassah

A Ghanaian soldier who took part in a social media campaign against a new parliamentary chamber Lance Corporal Lincoln Isaac Wassah is to spend the next three months in guardroom with hard labour.

He has also been stripped of his rank.

Wassah, who was attached to the 2 Recce Squadron in Sunyani, wore his uniform in a viral video supporting the #DropThatChamber social media campaign against the construction of a new Parliamentary chamber.

The #DropThatChamber campaign was initiated on social media with the aim of mounting pressure on Parliament to discontinue a proposal to build a new chamber that could accommodate about 450 Members of Parliament (MPs) at a cost of US$200 million.

Many people joined the social media campaign that was also intended to mobilise about two million people to march on the streets to register their displeasure.

People from all walks of life, including celebrities, made posts on various social media platforms against the proposed new chamber. 

It was during the social media campaign period that L/Cpl Wassah Lincoln Isaac also made a video to warn President Akufo-Addo not to buy into the idea of supporting the construction of the new Parliamentary chamber since there were many other pressing issues facing the country.

Following the release of the video, L/Cpl Wassah was arrested by the Military High Command for interrogation.

A board of inquiry was set up by the Commanding Officer of the Recce Regiment Gondar Barracks Burma camp leading to his disciplinary action.

On Friday, July 5, commander of a group calling itself Economic Fighters League, Ernesto Yeboah and two others were arrested after screaming in Parliament in protest of the move.

A loud noise from the public gallery, “drop that chamber”, brought proceedings to a standstill for some minutes.

They started chanting after NPP MP for Adansi Asokwa constituency in the Ashanti region, K.T Hammond for justifying the controversial plan insisting “MPs cannot sit under trees”.

The three have since been released after they were sent to the Ministries Police Station for questioning.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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