The leadership of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) will soon meet to deliberate on actions to take against the Member of Parliament for the Dome-Kwabenya constituency, Sarah Adwoa Safo for her continuous absence in Parliament.
Some constituency executives and known NPP members have accused Adwoa Safo of deliberately holding the government hostage with her continuous absence in Parliament at a time when a hung parliament situation requires the presence of every member to speed up government business.
In a Citi News interview, the Constituency Chairman of the NPP for the Dome Kwabenya Constituency, Robert Osei Bonsu, said the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will meet to decide what actions to take on the MP, who took a long leave from her duties as Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection.
“Unfortunately, we have not heard from our Member of Parliament for some time now. All efforts to get to her have proven futile. The National Executive Committee will definitely decide on the next line of action.”
“Her actions are not the best. It is not in the interest of the party or Ghanaians.”
Last week, a Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, Michael Kofi Okyere Baafi, accused Sarah Adwoa Safo of sabotaging government business.
The New Juabeng South MP said the former Deputy Majority Leader’s continuous absence in Parliament is making government business in the chamber difficult.
Sarah Adwoa Safo had been absent from Parliament for a while following an extension of her leave which was granted by the President.
She had become the subject of public debate some months ago following allegations that she was impersonated during Parliamentary proceedings on November 30, 2021 because the Majority side needed the numbers at all cost to approve the government’s 2022 budget, which they did despite the disapproval by the minority side.
The controversy was deepened by the fact that videos and photos of a woman believed not to be the Dome Kwabenya MP from the proceedings in Parliament went viral on social media.
In the video, the woman was seen wearing a nose mask, leaving the chamber right after the headcount which led to the approval of the budget statement.
Meanwhile, Madam Adwoa Safo has been away from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection Ministry as well, after President Akufo-Addo directed the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, to temporarily serve as caretaker Minister in October 2021.