Members of at the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) exchange blows yesterday over the election of a Presiding Member.
Chairs flew and blows landed as members of two opposing factions clashed.
It all started when some of the assembly members earlier in the morning fought an activist believed to belong to the National Democratic Congress for calling the assembly members corrupt at the event.
The activist, Yakubu Tony Aidoo, who had come to observe the event was said to have started raining insults on the members, accusing them of demanding money from the contenders of the presiding member position, thereby making it difficult for the KMA to have a presiding member.
In retaliation, the assembly member for Ayigya Electoral Area, Maazu Abdulai, confronted him with blows, and was supported by his colleagues after several attempts to stop Yakubu from insulting them had failed.
Then, a misunderstanding ensured between some assembly members, resulting in the assembly member for Asem being attacked and assaulted by one Osacr Riches, assembly man for Asokwa. That led to the throwing of chairs.
It was the fifth time the KMA was searching for a presiding member.
Earlier before the voting Baffour Agyei Kese IV, chief of Adum in Kumasi, who had contested for the fourth time with Nana Kofi Senya, withdrew from the race.
In the subsequent voting to either to confirm or reject Nana Senya’s sole candidature ended with his rejection resulting him also stepping down.
Nana Senya polled 62 votes against 65 votes that said “NO” to him.
The development gave rise to fresh nomination to be opened for interested candidates to contest for the presiding member position.
They were Abraham Boadi, assemblyman for Nhyiaeso, Micheal Adusei, Dadiesoaba and Opoku Obeng, Bremang.
In the fresh voting Abraham Boadi topped with 65 votes, followed by Adusei, 49 and Obeng, 2.
Under an earlier agreement in the house, the winner should have received two-thirds of the votes, but none got that.
As at the time of filing the report members were still waiting and debating whether to fix a new date or not, for the election of the presiding member.
FROM KINGSLEY E. HOPE, KUMASI