The hashtag #DropThatChamber trends on social media as Ghanaians dare MPs on new chamber

The hashtag #DropThatChamber trends on social media as Ghanaians dare MPs on new chamber

Ghanaians have taken to social media to dare their legislators on proposals to build a new parliamentary chamber at an expected cost of $200 million, using the hashtag #DropThat Chamber.

#DropThatChamber is trending on Twitter and Facebook because Ghanaian parliamentarians are planning to build for themselves, a new 450-seater chamber that the House's majority leader says will not cost more than $200 million or a little over GHC 1 billion.

Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, the New Patriotic Party (MP) for Suame, who is also the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and majority leader, has gone media house-hopping since the beginning of July, 2019 to sell the idea of the chamber.

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So far, if the popular Ghanaian social media platforms are anything representative of overall national sentiments, then many are not in favour of this proposed parliamentary chamber.

As follows are some of the social media posts gathered.

Degraft Hooper wrote on Facebook: "Honestly speaking, I'm highly disappointed in this NPP gov't ,they sounded very convincing during the campaign ,i was thinking they had Ghana at heart I wish there was a better option but unfortunately NDC sef fool pass Bob Risky ....#DropThatChamber"

Another user, Rasheeda Adams, posted a short video clip of what is thought to be an inadequate defence of the proposal by the Parliamentary Affairs minister. It was received with hundreds of snide and snarky comments.

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On Twitter, it was no better for the MPs.

A petition has been launched at that is accruing thousands of signatures.

Celebrities have also added their voices.

Musician Kwaw Kese posted a video intimating a wide street protest if the MPs go ahead and approve the money for their chamber.

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Meanwhile, Joy FM is reporting that contrary to positions from MPs that the parliamentary chamber is only a proposal, a letter was sent from the office of the Speaker of Parliament to the Office of the President at the end of June, 2019 on the issue.

The letter was an invitation of the president to come and cut a sod for the commencement of the building, while it also acknowledges that money and logistics had already been set in place for construction.

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