Stop foot soldiers from besieging Parliament – MP tells Mills

Ghana`s Parliament
The Member of Parliament for Takoradi, Hon. Kwabena Otchere-Darko Mensah, on Friday February 18, provoked the majority front bench after he called on President Mills to stop NDC foot soldiers from making future incursions into the law-making House.

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On Thursday during the President’s delivery of the 3rd State of the Nation Address, irate foot soldiers attacked ushers, waitresses and waiters attached to Parliament after they were prevented from taking snacks that had been prepared for the lawmakers.

Citing Thursday’s incidence, Hon Otchere-Darko told Parliament that President John Mills must call foot soldiers of the party to order before they take over the nation’s Parliament.

He later spoke to Citi News and cited recent foot-soldier actions which involved the locking-up of District Chief Executives, National Health Insurance Scheme offices and the seizure of public toilets to back his concerns.

Meanwhile, Majority Chief Whip, Hon Gershon Gbediame, has taken strong exception to the Takoradi MP’s reference to the NDC in the matter of Thursday’s foot-soldier action within the premises of the legislature.

“What shows that they are NDC foot soldiers? Anybody at all can wear NDC T-shirt and say he or she is an NDC member” he said.

Although some of the foot soldiers exhibited their ID cards, the MP still doubts if they were NDC members.

The Majority Chief Whip, Hon Gershon Gbediame however blamed the security personnel at Parliament for allowing uninvited guests to evade a place meant for MPs.