Adwoa Safo Requests For Leave Extension Again

Adwoa Safo Requests For Leave Extension Again

 

 

It has emerged that Dome-Kwabenya MP, Sarah Awdoa Safo, has requested another leave extension from the Parliament. Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who revealed this, explained that the extension was contained in a new letter the legislator sent. What I can say now is that on Wednesday, she

 

brought a letter, asking for four weeks extension. She explained that her injured child is still responding to treatment. I can't say whether she is okay herself or not since I'm not there with her, he disclosed. According to him, the letter dated the Monday, on February 28, was addressed to the Speaker, Alban Sumana Bagbin with

 

 

him on copy. I cannot say if the Speaker has agreed to the extension or not and I haven’t had any discussions with the Speaker too, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister added. On October 6, last year, President Akufo-Addo extended the leave of absence from the office, for the Gender Minister. The MP’s leave, which she sought for

 

 

personal reasons, was supposed to have ended on August 31, 2021. However, the former Procurement Minister was unable to resume and requested an extension. It did not, however, state when she will resume. In her absence, and until further notice, President Akufo-Addo has directed the Minister for

 

 

Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, to act as caretaker Minister, the presidency said. The lawmaker has also come under fire for neglecting her parliamentary duties amid speculations that she has vowed not to return until given a leadership role in the House. Miss Adwoa Safo was last seen in Parliament in

 

 

December 2021, when she appeared in the House to dismiss claims by the Minority Caucus that she was impersonated. She has also since not returned to the Chamber. Her action has infuriated her colleagues who have accused her of blackmailing government with a list of demands, including the Deputy Majority Leader

 

 

post. This has infuriated some colleague MPs and the members of the NPP who are calling for her removal. Meanwhile, the First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei-Owusu has indicated that the Majority Caucus does not factor Dome-Kwabenya MP, Sarah Adwoa Safo, into its deliberations. According to the Bekwai MP, all avenues

 

 

to get the absentee MP to return to the House have proved futile. As a result, the Majority in Parliament has also resolved to conduct parliamentary business, going forward, without recourse to the Dome-Kwabenya MP. The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) leadership has admitted that the Dome-Kwabenya MP’s absence is

 

 

affecting the party and government business. John Boadu, the party’s General Secretary, told the media that with Ghana’s hung Parliament, the Gender Minister’s absence is adversely affecting government’s business in Parliament. He also mentioned the party is currently considering measures including triggering the constitutional provision to remove her as MP and then declare her seat vacant.