Ghana’s parliament’s sitting on Monday to decide on the fate of the proposed tax on digital transactions (E-Levy), ended up in chaos.
MPs from opposing sides are in constant disagreement and things turned out a bit more physical last Monday when the First Deputy Speaker who was presiding over proceedings attempted to vacate his seat for a while in order to participate in a head count voting.
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin who had presided over proceedings since morning failed to resume duty earlier in the day after rising for Joe Osei Wusu, the First Deputy Speaker to take over.
During a head count to conclude a process of voting on considering the E-Levy under a state of emergency as recommended by the house’s financial committee, Joe Osei Wusu had said he would submit his seat to the Second Deputy Speaker to enable him participate in the voting.
Some members of the minority attempted to seize Joe Osei Wusu’s chair after he tried to carry on with his decision with the claim that the presiding speaker cannot participate in the voting process.
This prompted some members of the majority to respond to the action subsequently leading to mayhem in the house as blows were landed.
After a period of time of skirmishes and brawl, the house eventually decided to continue proceedings at 9am the next morning, announced by Andrew Asiamah.
Watch the video of some of the scenes below;