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Withdrawal Of The Speaker Of Parliament’s Military Protection Contravenes The Law And An Assault On Parliament – Minority

It was earlier reported today that the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon Alban Sumani Kingsford Bagbin had had his military protection personnel withdrawn by the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), citing, ‘deployement without proper procedure’, as reason for the withdrawal, and now the minority in parliament has come out to protest the action, labeling it as a direct assault on parliament.

Government however has come out to deny all possible suggestions that the decision to withdraw the military protection detail of the Speaker of Parliament as a blatant attempt to endanger the safety of the speaker.

Minority are not however taken in by the multiple excuses brandished around by the various bodies as possible reasons for the withdrawal of the speaker’s military protection unit and has therefore, in a statement signed by a Member of the Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, described the actions of the Ghana Armed Forces as worrying and in direct contravention with the law.

“The letter is patent breach of Article 95(7) of the Constitution, 1992, and must be withdrawn with immediate effect,” he demanded.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for South Dayi explained that “the provisions of Articles 95(7) and 127(5) of the Constitution, 1992 provides clearly that the conditions of service of the Speaker and occupants of such independent Arms of Government, cannot be varied to their detriment while in office.”

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