Ketu South Assembly Members’ walkout of meeting

A meeting for assembly members in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region ended inconclusively following a near fisticuff on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

The meeting was convened to discuss a committee report on the municipality’s development, justice, and security.

During proceedings, it emerged that, the recent deployment of military officers to the area was missing in the report of which the perceived pro- National Democratic Congress (NDC) assembly members requested for an explanation.

The assembly members stated that they were seeking the rationale for the presence of the military in the area as well as the cost involved and during the discussion, one Wilfred Dakunya of the Akame Electoral Area stood up to speak at a time he had not been called.

This compelled another member, Richard Nyavi who was already on the floor to order Mr Dakunya to resume his seat over the alleged inappropriate interjection but that angered Mr Dakunya who allegedly slapped Mr Nyavi later, according to reports.

The aggrieved assembly members expressed their commitment and determination not to attend any re-scheduled meeting however, the Municipal Chief Executive for Ketu South, Elliot Edem Agbenorwu indicated that the resolve by some assembly members to walkout of an assembly session was politically motivated.

According to him, the members came to the meeting with a pre-meditated plan to disrupt proceedings and one of the assembly member who staged the walkout, Seth Abelia, said their action was informed by the refusal of the assembly to discuss the deployment of military personnel to the area.

But Mr Agbenorwu insisted the walkout was politically motivated, saying, “A section of the assembly members left and those assembly members who left are all members of the NDC and from the beginning, I can see clearly it looks like there was an agenda set before they came to the meeting because whatever one person said, the other supports while others assist.”

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