November 14, 2021

A section of the Minority Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Volta Region disrupted a press conference called by the Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Kwamena Afenyo Markin on Friday, November 12, 2021 when he showed a picture of sand winning activities in Ketu South as being part of the reason for the tidal waves that wreaked havoc and displaced hundreds of households in some communities in Keta, Ketu South and Anlo Constituencies.

Mr. Afenyo-Markin was in the process of showing printed pictures of sand winning activities in Keta to the media and had told them that was the root cause of the tidal waves in some communities in Keta.

While addressing the media, the NDC MP for Ellembelle, Emmanuel Armah-Kofi Buah came through and shouted, “the picture is not correct”.

He then walked away and in less than a minute returned in the company of the NDC MP for South Dayi, Rockson Dafeamekpor.

Journalists covering Afenyo-Markin’s briefing had anticipated that perhaps, the NDC MPs will wait, listen to what the deputy Majority Leader was telling the press, and counter react after he has done with his submission.

Alas, that wasn’t the case as Dafeamekpor, a key Member of the Volta Caucus, rushed to the podium and whisked the laminated pictorial evidence from the hands of Afenyo-Markin away to the cafeteria and showed it to Helen Adwoa Ntoso, who was on her way to the chamber and met the press conference and expressed her disapproval of the picture in question.

Mr. Dafeamekpor had contested the pictorial evidence of sand winning activities in Keta, a position which Ntoso affirmed, stressing that the said community where the picture was taken was not in Keta.

His reaction attracted a quick response from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Nhyiaso, Stephen Amoah, who approached Dafeamekpor and demanded he returns the laminated pictorial evidence of sand winning activities in Keta to Afenyo-Markin. This resulted in a brief scuffle between the two MPs who at a point used unprintable words against each other. However, the situation was brought under control trough the interventions of the media practitioners at the press briefing.

Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/