The Majority caucus in parliament has condemned the actions taken by the Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Alban Sumana Bagbin, for not releasing the member of Parliament for Madina, Mr Francis-Xavier Sosu, to the Ghana Police Service to assist with investigations.
In a press statement released by the majority caucus, they noted that Speaker appears to be instituting new rules that seem to undermine the Rule of Law without any prior discussion with the leadership of the house. What exactly has changed, they asked.
The Majority believes firmly that the Constitutionally guaranteed immunity for MPs, in our democracy, must not be protected always but jealously guarded.
They, however, added that never should we, as a parliament, make the mistake of allowing immunity to be construed to mean impunity.
The caucus was of the view that the response by Speaker Bagbin was a troubling departure from how his predecessors handled such requests.
They referred the speaker to some cases in the era of Hons Joyce Bamford Addo, and Edward Doe Adjaho, who received such requests during their days in office as Speakers.
‘They responded by inviting the relevant MP’s, held discussions with them and then asked them to report to the requesting Police or investigative authorities, the Majority caucus said.
Read the full statement below