Former President John Dramani Mahama has instructed that the 8th Parliament which had just been sworn-in by the Chief Justice initiate investigations and sanctions against persons who by their conduct disrupted a rather smooth and legal process which begun this dawn. This has been considered his first orders or somewhat a suggestion to the house, as his party’s nominee of a Speaker, Hon. Alban Bagbin wins that status amid chaos.
John Mahama happens to have monitored events that transpired over night, and backed his call for investigations into the matter with claims that what unfolded Mars the reputation of the honourable house of parliamentarians.
Second on his wish list, is to have the invasion of the military in the chambers during a brief moment of parliamentary unrest.
“Parliament must conduct an investigation into the two incidents and exact appropriate sanctions,” he suggested.
According to John Mahama, the conduct of the military creates a worrying impression of the insurgence of the country’s dreaded past of a military regime.
“The attempt to snatch ballot papers by the MP-elect for Tema West and the invasion of the Chamber by armed military personnel are images one had never expected to see in our 4th Republican Parliament.
“The recent use of the military in civil democratic processes has become a major worry & gives the impression that this admin is continually seeking to resurrect the exorcised ghosts of our military past.”