Ken Agyapong, Napo and others face impeachment

It has emerged that some members of parliament may face impeachment after breaching Article 97 (1) (c) of the 1992 Constitution.

The constitutional provision says Members of Parliament who absent themselves from parliamentary sitting for 15 times or more without written permission of the Speaker must be made to vacate their seats.

Civil society group, Odekro, in a report on the attendance of MPs has mentioned 54 members of parliament who exceeded the permissible number of times an MP could miss sitting.

Among those who featured prominently in the absenteeism list include, Assin Central MP, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong and Education Minister, Mathew Opoku Prempeh.

According to the 54-paged reports, for all three sessions of parliament throughout the year 2017, Mr Agyapong absented himself without permission 20 times for the first session, 27 times for the second and 14 for the third session.

Manhyia South MP, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, popularly known as Napo was absent from 27 Parliamentary sittings without permission in the 2nd meeting, and also absented himself without permission again for 29 times at the 3rd sitting.

Other MPs who absented themselves many times without permission from the speaker included Nkawkaw MP and Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour; Krowor MP and Minister designate for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Elizabeth Afoley Quaye; Abuakwa South MP, Samuel Ata Akyea; and Sefwi-Wiawso MP, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie.

If the legislative body decides to crack the whip, the aforementioned MPs could be facing impeachment process as the Act is explicit on offenses of that nature.

Against that backdrop, the report cautioned over the appointment of more than fifty percent of ministers from the National Assembly.

It is said, the practice if not halted, would adversely affect the effectiveness of the legislator as minister who doubles as MPs would always be destructed by ministerial duties.

The failure of the House to punish MPs in the past for the offence seems to be encouraging MPs’ to continue with the trend, the report added.

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