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Minority to boycott Parliamentary sittings during court proceedings for leader

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The Minority Caucus has announced that its members will attend parliamentary sessions only after court proceedings involving their leader, Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, have concluded.

The NDC legislators have decided not to be present in the house whenever the Minority Leader is required to attend court.

In a press statement signed by Minority Chief Whip, Kwame Governs Agbodza, it was stated: “The NDC Minority Caucus will only be available for the business of Parliament after court proceedings have ended on the days scheduled for the hearing of the ongoing ambulance case trial.”

This decision follows the refusal of the presiding High Court Judge, Justice Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, to grant a request from Dr. Forson’s lawyers for leave to attend important parliamentary business on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, when the House resumes its third meeting of the fourth session.

Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson is being prosecuted by the Attorney General for alleged financial impropriety in procuring ambulances, a case that has sparked significant controversy and division within Parliament.

On May 3, 2024, the Majority Caucus petitioned the Speaker to reconvene the House urgently to address key government business, including the adoption of the 34th Report of the Appointments Committee and a motion on additional financing. Consequently, the Speaker’s office has recalled Members of Parliament from recess to commence proceedings today, which coincides with another court date for Dr. Forson.

With Dr. Forson in court, the NDC caucus is currently without their Leader in Parliament. The NDC caucus views this scheduling conflict as a deliberate attempt to keep the Minority Leader away from parliamentary duties.

In response, the Minority Caucus has resolved not to enter the chamber until Dr. Forson is back. According to Minority Chief Whip Kwame Governs Agbodza, this boycott will continue any day Dr. Forson is due in court, as a demonstration of their solidarity.

“The NDC Minority will continue to show solidarity and stand by its Leader anytime he is due to appear in court,” Agbodza affirmed.

By Eugene Davis

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