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13.01.2021 Feature Article

MIlitary did not invade parliament. They entered Parliament House to restore order

MIlitary did not invade parliament. They entered Parliament House to restore order
LISTEN JAN 13, 2021

The claim that the military had no right to have invaded parliament by now MP Mr. Haruna Iddrisu is neither here nor there. Per Haruna’s argument, the work of the ministers of defense and interior and for that matter, all other ministers had come to an end, therefore, it would have been a grave error if any of them had ordered the military invasion of the parliament on the eve of the speakership election.

Now, let’s look at the grey areas of the constitution of Ghana regarding the presidential transition. When does the president’s term end? Is it at midnight of January 6 before the investiture of a new president or immediately a new president is sworn into office? I believe until midnight of January the 6th 2021, Nana Addo was still the president with Bawumia as his vice.

The president serves the state with his cabinet and ministers so, as long as the president is at post, his misters must be at post to serve him and the state. The interior or defense minister had every right to have ordered the military to any part of the country including Parliament House to maintain law and order in a seemingly chaotic situation that had the potential of causing civil unrest.

Let us also understand that the meeting at the Parliament House then, was an assembly of elected parliamentarians headed by the clerk of parliament to elect the speaker of parliament. It was not a Parliamentary session since parliament can not sit without a speaker. Parliament House is a public space sponsored by the tax payers, therefore, everyone including the military have the right to be there if they have a reasonable cause to. It therefore, stands to reason that, if parliament was not in session at the time the military entered the house, they technically couldn’t have invaded parliament.

Benjamin Opoku Agyepong
Benjamin Opoku Agyepong, © 2021

The author has 59 publications published on Modern Ghana.Column: BenjaminOpokuAgyepong

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