Political Scientist at the University of Ghana, Professor Ransford Gyampo has observed that in the melee that characterized the election of Speaker for the Eighth Parliament, the MP for Bole-Bamboi Alhaji Yussif Sulemana seemed ready to kill with his bare hands considering the level of violence he exhibited when Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema West Carlos Ahenkorah snatched ballot papers.
Prof Gyampo noted that Alhaji Sulemana, who looked like an Executioner, should be counseled to be restraint in Parliament, adding that even though some level of violence is permissible in Legislatures, such violence cannot be extended to allow for executions.
“In the recent Legislative Violence, who was the MP in white smock and white hat?
He would have been too deadly if he hadn’t been restrained by the marshals in the Carlos Ahenkorah beating episode. He should be talked to. The guy actually looked like an Executioner who wanted to murder with his bare hands. But the frontiers of the concept of Legislative Violence cannot be extended to include Political and Parliamentary Executions,” Prof Gyampo wrote on social media.
Meanwhile Honorable Sulemana has explained that his actions, in Parliament deemed as violent by some, were intended to protect the democracy of Ghana that was under attack by MPs of the governing NPP.
The conduct of the MPs has been generally condemned as unparliamentary and disgraceful by Ghanaians.