General News of Sunday, 7 July 2019
Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has described the picketing in Parliament on Friday by members of the Economic Fighters League which led to the disruption of Parliamentary proceedings as unlawful.
According to Mr Baako, there are legal means for people to address their grievances and not through actions that go against the Constitution of Ghana.
Speaking on Joy News’ ‘Newsfile’ show, Mr Baako condemned the act of the protesters and said it must not be condoned.
“I have heard people rationalising and defending it including some Members of Parliament (MPs) and I was surprised MPs will rationalise and justify that, the conduct flies in the face of the Parliament Act 1965, the Standing Orders of Parliament and the constitution of Ghana.
“We are not in a military government where our rights are curtailed so we are enabled to use all means sometimes even unorthodox means to deal with situations, this is a democracy with all its limitations and challenges.,” he said.
To Mr Baako, a lot of efforts went into the passing of the public order Act and must not be taken for granted: “We fought to bring into being the public order Act and people went to court, the Constitution guaranteed it and we had to operationalise it,” he cautioned.
The convener of the group that demonstrated, Economic Fighters League, Ernesto Yeboah and two others were arrested on Friday morning for disrupting Parliamentary procedure when they began screaming “drop that chamber” to register their displeasure.
Mr Yeboah was released on bail by the Ministries Police with the two others, Abeiku Adams and a third who is yet to be identified, all members of the pressure group.