Majority leader clashes with President Alban Bagbin over decision to let all MPs vote on Adwoa Safo’s fate

  • President Alban Bagbin and Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu disagreed Wednesday on how best to decide the fate of Sarah Adwoa Safo
  • Adwoa Safo broke Parliament’s rules on absenteeism and the Privileges Committee recommended that his seat be declared vacant and a by-election be held to elect a new MP for Dome-Kwabenya
  • However, while Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu wants the committee’s recommendation to be followed, the president has decided the best course of action is to put it to a vote in parliament.

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A war of words ensued between Majority Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

The clash was sparked by disagreements between the two politicians over how to decide the fate of absentee Dome-Kwabenya MP Sarah Adwoa Safo.

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The Speaker ruled on Wednesday that the Privileges Committee report on the MP was not final and should be presented to the House for all parliamentarians to vote on whether or not to declare her seat vacant.

Orator and Kyei-Mensah
LR: President Alban Bagbin and Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu. Source: TOS.
Source: UGC

But the majority leader rejected the decision of the Speaker of Parliament on the fate of Dome-Kwabenya legislator, Sarah Adwoa Safo.

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The Privileges Committee recommended that the seat of the MP for Dome-Kwabenya be declared vacant for flagrant violation of Parliament’s rules on absenteeism.

“It’s up to the House to go through this because the mandate entrusted to an MP, representation, is so crucial that it cannot be left to the subjective opinion of one person or group of people but of the entire House,” said President Bagbin. decide on the matter.

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However, in a quick reaction, the majority leader said the president had made a mistake in his decision.

Although the seat belongs to the majority, they want it out. Adwoa Safo was accused of breaking ranks with her ruling party and failing to push through government enterprises that needed the votes of majority MPs.

“I express my discomfort with this unfortunate decision that you have made. I completely disagree,” he told the President.

He said the decision did not align with the Constitution or the president’s previous statements on the matter.

“Very inconsistent,” he fumed.

The president fired back at the Suame MP for the remarks that sought to question his decision and for the umpteenth time, and the two were at bitter disagreement in parliament.

The Speaker forced the MP to recant, albeit reluctantly.

But when the MP spoke to the press later, he maintained his view that the Speaker was wrong in his understanding of the Constitution.

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He pledged to take firm action to reverse the President’s decision.

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NPP MPs’ demand for the removal of Ofori-Atta saved Ghana from a coming coup – Nyaho-Tamakloe

Meanwhile, reported in a separate article that Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe, a prominent NPP member, said a coup was foiled when NPP MPs rose up against the continued to the power of Ken Ofori-Atta.

The statesman said the unprecedented decision by the majority MPs saved the Fourth Republic of Ghana.

He also advised MPs to stand firm against any attempt by President Nana Akufo-Addo to change their minds.

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