EFL commemorates ‘Drop that Chamber’ campaign, calls for accountability
The Economic Fighters has issued a statement reminding Ghanaians of the power they hold together in holding leaders accountable for their stewardship.
Commemorating the July 5, ‘Drop that Chamber’ campaign which saw its founder Ernesto Yeboah arrested for staging a protest in parliament in 2019, the group said it still does not understand why politicians have no regard for the welfare of citizens who voted them into office.
The statement signed by the Communications Director Bilkis Nuhu Kokroko said Ghanaians have to deal with bad roads, and of lack social amenities, they leaders voted for enjoy their 4-wheel drives without experiencing the suffering of the masses.
The league is therefore, advocating for Ghanaians not to sit on the fringes but demand accountability from our leaders even if it means moving to the offices of leaders in charge.
The group has also served notice it will hold activities to commemorate the reflect the selflessness, sacrifice and collective action that saw parliament drop the idea to construct a new chamber.
It will be recalled that Ernesto Yeboah was arrested for disrupting parliamentary proceedings last year.
The leader of the Economic Fighters League who was sitting at the public gallery when Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, K.T. Hammond was on the floor speaking about the proposal of a new parliamentary chamber got up and screamed “we don’t need any discussion on this. drop that chamber…”.
He was bundled out of the chamber together with another member of the group.
“Drop that chamber,” Ernesto Yeboah kept chanting as he was led to the Parliament police station in handcuffs.
He told the media that “We are fighting for all of you, if you lack the courage to say it we shall say it for you and we shall take the penalties thereof”.
The decision to build a new chamber estimated to cost $200 million has been met with intense opposition from Ghanaians as well as civil society groups.
Read the statement from EFL below