The swearing-in of 15 government appointees of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) was almost marred when a group of young men, believed to be members of the Invisible Forces, stormed the premises to prevent the swearing-in of one of the appointees on Monday.
Numbering about 40, the group forcibly took over the assembly’s car park at about 9 a.m. to prevent vehicles from entering the yard.
The Presiding Member, Richard Fiadomor and other dignitaries invited for the event, for several minutes were stranded as the group refused them entry into the TMA premises.
It took the intervention of the Police to disperse members of the group, to enable the assembly members and other dignitaries to have access to the premises for the event to be held.
Meanwhile, the person at the centre of the controversy, whose name was not disclosed, was replaced following the agitation and the allegation that he “had not been a committed member of the NPP”.
The swearing-in finally took place as a total of four females and 11 males swore the oaths administered by the District Court 2 Magistrate, Joseph MC Ali Junior.
Before the swearing-in, however, the nationality of one of the appointees, Mr. Antonio Jose Matos Fernandes, was challenged by some members of the assembly, compelling him to confirm his citizenship as Ghanaian by presenting his voter’s identification card, Ghanaian passport and other documents to the assembly.
He was subsequently sworn in with all 14 others to bring the programme to a successful end.
The Presiding Member, Mr. Richard Fiadomor welcomed the new members to the assembly and charged them to work hard with the elected members to ensure that Tema developed to an enviable position.
From Dzifa Tetteh, Tema.