Sarah Adwoa Safo, a Member of Parliament(MP) for the Dome Kwabenya party, has been absent from the house for an extended period of time without the Speaker’s authorization, and the Privileges Committee of Parliament has recommended that her seat be declared vacant.
Those who advocate for a different course of action are outnumbered by those who support the decision by the Committee’s majority.
In some passages of the report, it is stated that “…the majority was of the opinion that Hon Sarah Adwoa Safo failed to take advantage of the multiple opportunities and facilities afforded to her to make acceptable explanation to the Committee with regard to her departure without leave.”
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) cannot give up on anyone, according to Ms. Safo, who is also the Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection, who stated this a few days ago. The NPP needs every single person’s support in order to stay in power.
She consequently pleaded with the party’s leadership to fight to keep a united front so they could end the eight-year curse of power swings.
The Dome Kwabenya MP reiterated that despite the “clear political hounding and vendetta by certain elements within the party and parliament” against her, she has “never wavered in” her commitment to the ideals and creed of the NPP and the Akufo-Addo-led government in a Facebook post on Sunday, July 17, 2022, congratulating the newly-elected national executives of the NPP.
The Dome Kwabenya MP claims that while serving as the Deputy Majority Leader in the House of Commons and the Leader of the Women’s Caucus, she and the Majority leadership “did our very best to protect a colleague female Member of Parliament who had to be away in London for nearly two years to attend to family matters.”
We didn’t go about raising a stink about her absence, so we did this out of compassion because it involved kids.
“This is just one example of how we, as leaders in parliament, safeguarded one of our own.”
But she pointed out: “In the last few months that I have been away from official duties albeit not intentionally, I have become a victim of a sustained political witch-hunt by certain elements in the NPP and in parliament to achieve their own parochial goals”.
“This has left me asking myself if this is happening because I am a woman, who, for just this one time, needed some time off to deal with a few personal issues which were too dear to share with the larger public.”
“As a member of the party, I have served with utmost diligence (both in opposition and in government) and have at all times put the fortunes of my family at the disposal of the party.”
“At no point in time have myself nor my family withheld anything of ours from our great party, yet today, I am conveniently being called a traitor and all manner of names with several schemes being put to play and employed to oust me from my position as MP and minister.” Hon Adwoa Safo added.