The explanations stated by the Member of Parliament for Dome Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo, for her continued absence have been labeled as confusing by the Majority Leader of Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.
The absence of Adwoa Safo from parliament has sparked a slew of accusations, including assertions by some New Patriotic Party members that she is attempting to obstruct government operations on purpose.
Adwoa Safo’s absence, which goes back to August last year, was ascribed to concerns concerning her children’s schooling, according to Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, who spoke on Peace FM’s morning broadcast on February 24, 2022.
“She told us she was going overseas in August of last year to transfer her children from their present school to a different one. She didn’t return until the tenth month, when we were returning for the third sitting of parliament. We expected her to arrive up, but she didn’t until the session was near to conclude before we all saw her,” he explained.
Adwoa Safo cited her children’s school and the need to locate a specialist for her son, who had fractured his hand in an accident, as the reason for her absence, according to the majority leader.
This rationale, he claims, was supplied when she returned in December 2021, just before recess, to vote on the budget.
While it is presumed that the MP was able to resolve the concerns with her children’s schools, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu pointed out that she failed to return to parliament following the December recess.
“We had a Christmas break, and three days into it, she notified us that the issue with her children’s school had not been resolved, and she wanted to go ahead and finish the agreement because the children are now being homeschooled.” We informed her that we would continue on January 17th, and she stated that she would return by that day.
“We pushed it back a week to January 26th, and we were excited to see her again.” But we waited till today, and she has yet to return. When you converse with her, she always brings up matters with the children’s education. That is true, but before God, she is not making it obvious why she has not returned,” he observed.
He alleges she provided this explanation when she returned to vote on the budget in December 2021, shortly before break.
While it is assumed that the MP was able to handle the issues with her children’s schools, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu noted that she did not return to parliament after the December vacation.
“Three days into our Christmas break, she informed us that the problem with her children’s school had not been resolved, and she wanted to conclude the agreement because the children were now being homeschooled.” We told her we’d resume on January 17th, and she said she’d be back by then.