The Minister for Trade and Industry, Kwabena Tahir (KT) Hammond, has responded to public concerns surrounding an alleged altercation which occured in Parliament on December 22, 2023, denying claims that he violently attacked the Majority Chief Whip Frank Annoh Dompreh.
The incident has received mixed reactions after the video went viral with some accusing the Trade Minister of reacting violently towards a colleague lawmaker .
Speaking to journalists at Adansi Asokwa, the Trade and Industry Minister, K. T Hammond who doubles as the MP for the area dismissed claims that he slapped and fended off the Majority Chief Whip Frank Annoh Dompreh during a parliamentary proceedings on December 22, 2023.
He stressed that he has been taken out of context.
KT Hammond wondered why his thoughts and comments are on many occasions misrepresented without looking out for the substance.
According to him, misquoting him has led to a lot of criticism from a cross section of the public towards him.
Narrating what transpired on the floor of Parliament on the said date he was contributing to discussions and subsequent voting on the appointment of judges by the president, KT Hammond said he was talking when the Majority Chief Whip attempted to draw his attention ostensibly to time constraints.
He noted that he only made some gesticulation towards the chief whip to allow him to make his point regardless of the time constraints, but never slapped or violently touched him.
The Adansi Asokwa lawmaker refuted claims that he is a violent person, stressing that he has no history of violence and has not been involved in any violent situation.
According to him, the Majority Chief Whip Frank Annoh Dompreh is one of his close confidants in politics and in Parliament so he will never react violently towards him.
By: Abdul Basit Suleiman | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana