‘Parliamentarians will not sit under trees’; K.T Hammond’s statement that ‘provoked’ Ernesto Yeboah

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Member of Parliament (MP) for Adansi Asokwa constituency K.T Hammond definitely did not see the seeming ‘attack’ from Convener of Economic Fighters League, Ernesto Yeboah coming.

Like the norm on a normal working day, the business for the house had been read by the Majority Leader after which Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tong constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa asked a question about when the Majority Leader will be briefing the house about plans to build a new parliamentary complex.

The lawmaker, Mr. KT Hammond who stood to make his submission on the issue as had been raised was suddenly interrupted by a loud voice from behind him just as he was nearing the end of his submission.

KT Hammond’s submission was as following,

“Mr. Speaker, number one, some of us don’t even know if it is a stated policy that parliament is going to be built and indeed who is taking the initiative. Parliament chamber or building is not for Members of Parliament, it is one of the significant symbols or building blocks of democracy. We won’t have democracy without parliament. Mr. Speaker, I’m sure the press will take me on on this, Parliament won’t sit under trees so Mr. Speaker, this whole matter should be brought to the fore, let it be debated and then ultimately a decision one way or the other be made….”

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but before any more words could emerge from the mouth of Mr. Hammond, a bold and daring Mr. Yeboah, from his seat shouted to the hearing of all in the house;

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“We don’t need any debate in the house, we don’t need any discussion on this, Drop that chamber!”.

There was swift action by security personnel in the gallery who took him out and subsequently arrested him with others who were with him in the chamber.

Kofi Atinka

Kofi Atinka