Pictures circulating on social media do not convey any positive image of the country’s parliament. The chaotic scenes which were first seen early in the year during the process of choosing a speaker of parliament prior to the swearing-in of president of the republic seems to be repeating itself on a regular basis now.
As the issue of the E-levy was meant to be discussed again yesterday, the speaker of parliament, Alban Bagbin, made his way out of parliament for reasons not really known. As his deputy, Joseph Osei Owusu was about to make his way to the seat, some members of parliament belonging to both sides of the house were seen dashing to the stage. It is not clear what the intentions were, but it looked as though those from the majority side were rushing there to foil an attempt by their colleagues from the minority from going there to whisk the seat of the speaker away.
It did not take too long for the face-off to quickly escalate into a physical tussle. There were shoves here and there for a while until calm was restored. The scenes were nothing but shameful.