Ernesto Yeboah, a leader of the Economic Fighters League (EFL), a sociopolitical activist group, has been arrested by police in Parliament after law officers deemed his chants of "Drop That Chamber" as illegal in the house.
"We are fighting for you. We are fighting for you journalists, police officer and everyone", said Ernesto Yeboah in a video YEN.com.gh sighted, as he was whisked away by police officers at the Parliament House of Ghana on Friday, July 5, 2019.
Yeboah, a leader of the sociopolitical activist group, Economic Fighters League (EFL), went to the lawmaking chamber to shout the rallying cry, "Drop That Chamber" in opposition to plans of building a new parliamentary chamber.
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.
But Ghanaians, if social media and traditional electronic media is anything to go by, have massively come out against the $200 million proposed edifice.
In light of this, social and political activists like those in the EFL have mounted pressure on government to abandon plans of building the chamber.
Yeboah is a former youth organiser of the Convention People's Party (CPP), a party of leftist leaning.
Before going to press, YEN.com.gh observed that #FreeErnesto was trending on Twitter.
Earlier, we reported that #DropThatChamber was 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.
Meanwhile, Joy FM has reported 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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