Former President John Mahama has says it is an abomination for the army to invade the parliamentry chamber during inauguration of the 8th Parliament on January 7, 2021.
According to Mr. Mahama, the incident made Ghana look like a country governed with autoracy (banana republic).
He made these statements at a meeting with National Democratic Congress (NDC) Members of Parliament on Friday, January 8, 2021.
“Everything that is wrong with our democracy under this President played out in Parliament that night. Snatching of ballot papers, attempting to disenfranchise the voters by getting Assin North MP out of the chamber.”
”Attempting to compromise the secrecy of the ballot, the entry of the military of the chamber. That is an abomination, it makes us look like a banana republic.”
”Because you MPs were there, and you were emotionally charged, I’m sure the infamy of that event did not strike you but when you see it on TV again, you will see how low our democracy has sunk under this presidency.”
Many incidents happened during the dissolution of the old Parliament and inauguration of a new one from the night of Wednesday, January 6, 2021, to Thursday, January 7, 2021.
These incidents included the chaotic disturbances in the voting process for a new Speaker of Parliament, the snatching of ballot papers by Carlos Ahenkorah as well as the invasion of military personnel.