The overwhelming ‘Drop that Chamber’ campaign started off on social media to stop a proposed new parliamentary block for Ghanaian lawmakers has gained so much momentum that a soldier decided to throw caution to the wind to join the campaign.
In the video, the young officer who struggled to express himself in the Queens language, appealed to President Nana Akufo-Addo not to support the new chamber, saying “we are fed up with them” and citing the lack of social amenities in many communities across the country.
“We can’t be leaving in this country when everyone takes decision which is so selfish. This is so selfish a decision and that chamber must drop,” he said. Unfortunately, his action, a clear violation of military has attracted the wrath of his superiors who have arrested and detained him at the Military Police base in Accra, according to snippets of information we gathered.
The unnamed solider is likely to spend about a month in detention in accordance with military regulations, reports say. The proposed 450-seater capacity chamber, when built, will have a chapel, a mosque, an eatery, and gardens. The current chamber being used by the 275 MPs, according to Sir David Adjaye who designed the new chamber will be converted into a conference centre.