Subin MP fights security over front seat at Independence day event
There was drama at the Kumasi Jubilee Park on Tuesday during the 61st Independence Day Parade after the Deputy Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Eugene Boakye Antwi who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Subin Constituency was not invited to sit on the platform after arriving ahead of other dignities.
The angry MP was said to have broken protocol and sat on the middle seat on the platform which had been reserved for some dignitaries who had their name tags on the chair.
The protocol officers immediately drew his attention that the seat had been reserved and politely asked him to move back with his colleague, Madam Patricia Appiagyei MP for Asokwa, also in Kumasi.
The request provoked the Subin lawmaker who started to use unprintable words on the security officers who were in charge of protocol.
The MP went ahead and took off the name tags on the front seat reserved for the Ashanti regional police commander COP Ken Yeboah and Deputy Minister of the Ashanti Region, Madam Elizabeth Agyemang and sat on the seat with Madam Appiagyei.
However, in order not disrupt the programme, the security officers mostly soldiers, allowed the minister to have his way. Madam Patricia Appiagyei sat quietly next to him while he continued to rant.
The situation created by the Deputy Minister created confusion after the arrival of the members of the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) as they did not know where to sit.
Some members of RESEC had to take seats at the back due to the situation
The Ashanti Regional Deputy Minister, Elizabeth Agyemang and the Regional Police Commander who were supposed to sit next to Ashanti Regional Minister were politely advised by the protocol to take their seat on the middle role of the platform for the programme to commence.
No amount of words could persuade the Subin lawmaker to take his rightful place behind the front row leaving the protocol officers in haste to find other seats for the Police Commander.
The MP insisted he is the law maker for the Subin constituency and minister of state and therefore nobody can stop him from taking the first front seat reserved for the deputy regional minister and the regional police commander.