November 24, 2014

Proceedings on the floor of Parliament had to be truncated for 10 minutes on Tuesday, November 25 when the Speaker, Rt Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho, upset about the “unparliamentary” action of the Deputy Minority Leader, Dominic Nitiwul called for the suspension.

The Member of Parliament for Bimbilla Constituency who had been called by the Speaker to contribute to the debate of the 2015 budget rather displayed a 12-kilogramme bag of rice on the floor, expressing shock how the security agencies at the VVIP Lounge of the Kotoka International Airport failed to detect cocaine of the same weight which was in a handbag.

He was ingeniously referring to the arrest of Nayele Ametefe at the Heathrow International Airport in London with 12.5kg of cocaine.

The arrest of the young lady and the mystery surrounding her ability to outwit the security agencies has made her arrest a topical issue being discussed on several media platforms for a fortnight.

Mr Nitiwul’s surprise action enraged the Majority Leader, Alban Bagbin, who accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) of being infamous for trafficking drugs.

He said Ghanaians out there will bear witness that the NDC can never be said to have anything to do with illicit cocaine trafficking, while the NPP cannot extricate itself from the illegal trade.

These comments generated into a shouting battle with both sides of the House accusing each other of dabbling in cocaine.

The Speaker, who was displeased with happenings on the floor, called for a 10 minutes break and summoned the leadership of both sides to a meeting.

He returned with the leadership later with the two sides all apologizing for the unfortunate turn of events after which the debate on the 2015 budget continued.

Kwadwo Anim/