Janet Asana Nabla, General Secretary of the People’s National Convention(PNC), has urged the minority in parliament to demonstrate the same faith in the nation’s legal systems as they did when they were in power.
She claimed that the government’s choice to boycott House proceedings whenever James Gyakye Quayson and Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson appear in court has already resulted in significant financial losses for the country.
“The decision to boycott sitting due to criminal charges instituted by the republic against their colleague is worrying… An opposition party which professes to believe in the rule of law is expected to have faith in the legal system of our nation where they held the reins of power some few years ago.
“The minority members of Parliament are currently wasting the state money by forgoing their parliamentary duties in order to represent a colleague in court. How much longer will the Minority in Parliament boycott parliamentary proceedings at the expense of the taxpaying public? she asked.
The PNC has urged the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, to impose a surcharge on all Members of Parliament from the Minority side of the chamber whenever they are absent.
Additionally, they said that if that is the direction the Minority wants to go, then they might as well abstain from all legislative proceedings whenever one of their members is in court.