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Ghana: Military man detained for opposing new parliament house

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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A military man in Ghana has been detained for appearing in a viral video opposing the country’s plans to build a new law making chamber.

The unnamed officer is part of millions of Ghanaians who oppose the new plan by Ghana’s lawmakers to build a new parliament chamber.

In the viral video the officer was heard appealing to Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo not to support the plan.

Local media Joy FM reported that the officer could spend one month in detention per military regulations.

The officer is reported to have committed an offence described as ‘disloyalty’ in the military.

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More agitations

Last Friday three protesters were also arrested for protesting on the compound of the country’s parliament house.

The protesters from a group called the Economic Fighters League were agitating over the same plan to build a new 450 seater parliament chamber.

Among those arrested is Ernesto Yeboah is leader of the group of protesters.

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There has been a huge public uproar in Ghana over plans to construct a new chamber for parliamentarians at a cost of $200 million.

The 450 seater chamber is to replace the current one which houses the 275 members of the Ghana’s Parliament.

The project which is expected to commence before the end of 2019 will be located on the location of the current building.

New parliament chamber in Ghana
The new parliament camber plan unveiled in Accra.

The project is being undertaken by internationally renowned Ghanaian architect, Sir. David Frank Adjaye.

The new multi-purpose chamber will host a mosque, chapel, eatery and a parliamentary museum.




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