Speaker Refers Adwoa Safo, Ken Agyepong, Henry Quartey To Privileges C’tee For Absenteeism
Three majority MPs have been reported to the privileges committee by the Speaker of Parliament for being away for more than 15 days without permission.
To preserve their positions as MPs, Dome Kwabenya MP Sara Adwoa Safo, Ayawaso West MP and Greater Accra Regional Minister Henry Quartey, and Assin Central MP Kennedy Agyapong would have to convince the privileges committee commanded by first deputy speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu.
If they fail to do so, the House will vote automatically to decide their destiny.
This year, Adwoa Safo has sparked controversy by neglecting to appear in Parliament without explanation.
Several attempts to get her elected to Parliament have reportedly failed.
The lawmaker’s absence from the House has enraged the ruling party, with some MPs accusing her of blackmailing them.
In an interview earlier this year, First Deputy Speaker Joseph Osei-Owusu stated that the Majority Caucus does not consider Adwoa Safo in its deliberations in Parliament.
All attempts to persuade the absentee MP to return to the House, according to the Bekwai MP, have failed.
Speaking on Kumasi-based Pure FM, Mr Osei-Owusu said, “in our strategy, we have taken it as going to rescue a kidnapped person, you presume she is dead, but if you go and she is alive, then it is God’s grace, and it adds to your gains, so that is our approach. So as it stands now, we don’t count her as part of us.”