Petition Filed For Dome MP’s Removal

Absentee MP for Dome Kwabenya, Sarah Adjoa Safo is yet to cross another major hurdle even as Parliament considers a motion for her dismissal.

This follows a petition filed to the Presidency by one Dr. Frank Amoakohene, a Ghanaian citizen, who describes himself as the Executive Director, of the Democratic Youth Forum.

The Petitioner, among other things also wants the President to name a new appointee as the substantive Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection.

Adjoa Safo and her Ministry have been in the news since May last year, when she was forced to reverse the dismissal of the National Coordinator of the School Feeding Secretariat, Mrs Gertrude Quashigah, wife of the late NPP stalwart, Major Courage Quarshigah.

The Dome Kwabenya MP applied for leave during the controversy, which expired on August 31, 2021 but the President approve her request for an extension and since October 6, 2021, she has been domiciled in the US, on the grounds of offering support for her sick child.

The development comes in the wake of divided public opinion on the fate of the MP who has been absent, when the President extended her leave of absence.

In the petition for her dismissal, the Democratic Youth Forum chastised the Presidency’s loud silence on the issue citing the Minister’s inability to perform her duties as “sad” and a “disappointment”.

It further stated..…“Ghanaians, especially women and children, are filled with so much disappointment because, the minister who is supposed to work in their interest has abandoned post. Yet, the presidency remains silent on such a grave matter”.

“Mr. President, the Democratic Youth Forum is, by this petition, beseeching you to, as a matter of urgency revoke the appointment of Adwoa Sarfo in line with article 81(a) of the 1992 Constitution and make new nominations or confirm the Deputy Minister as substantive minster, to enable her lead the Ministry to attain its set out vision”, the petition read in part.

The youth-based organization wants the presidency to “act urgently and accordingly within two weeks; failure of which may compel us to cause Parliament through the Speaker to initiate a vote of Censure by article 82 of the 1992 Constitution”.

Sarah Adwoa Sarfo is expected to appear before Parliament’s Privileges Committee on July 6, either in person or via video conferencing platform Zoom.

“In her absence, the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has been directed to take oversight responsibility on the Gender Ministry.



By Afia Owusu/|Ghana

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