The Ghana Police Service has announced to the general public to refute their perceptions and notions as to why the police service in their outfit did not go to the chamber of Parliament to maintain law and order following the chaos and commotions that erupted.
According to the Ghana Police Service, the security in the chamber of Parliament are the responsibility of the Marshals who take instructions from the Clerk of Parliament in such matters
Furthermore, the Ghana Police Service further added that it is tantamount to the violation of the law of the land if they attempt to enter into the Parliament House for such purposes.
On that note, statements emanating from the Ghana Police Service on the 20th of December 2021 indicated that they can only respond to security situations in the Parliament House when the Marshals of the House call on them if only the Leadership of the House decides so.
They further disclosed that further investigation and possible prosecution will be made when the Marshall in charge of the security in the Parliament calls for them.
“The legal position is that the Police have no authority to enter the chamber of Parliament to undertake any law enforcement venture. Any such act will be in contravention of the laws of the country. Therefore, the Marshal and his team of officers have to deal with such situations in the chamber and thereafter refer the matter to the Police for investigations and possible prosecution if the leadership of the House so decides”, the statement indicated.
On the 20th of December 2021, there was confusion and commotion in the Parliament House accompanied by a serious exchange of physical blows among the members of Parliament.
This transpired during the debate and the approval of the controversial infamous Electronic Transactions Levy in the country where voting was brought up as an option in the House.
However, the Deputy First Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu had announced that a division would be followed approved the bill under the certificate of urgency and he was in that note going to vote as an MP as well in his capacity as the Speaker.
Kindly read the statement below;
This appeared to ignite anger on the opposition National Democratic Congress NDC MPs and who tried to stop him from voting in the process also, attracting a repulsion from the Majority Caucus who are demanding for Joseph Osei-Owusu to also join the voting hence the chaos and physical fights in the House.