December 1, 2014

The Minority in Parliament has criticized the Presidency for delaying in informing Parliament about the President’s visits outside the country in recent times.

The caucus, led by its Leader Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu is displeased that the notice to Parliament more often than not comes after the President has already left the country.

Per Article 59 of the 1992 Constitution, the President is required to inform Parliament before travelling outside the country, a statutory requirement that the Minority Leader averred has been breached by the President.

President John Mahama departed Ghana for Qatar on Saturday for a three-day official visit but communication of the trip to Parliament was read in the House on Monday.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Ebo Barton Odro, who presided over proceedings, disclosed that the letter from the presidency was dated 27th November but got to the Speaker’s office on 28th November at 5:40pm, when the House had adjourned, explaining why it was being read today.

However the Minority Leader who was not happy with the explanation maintained the practice has become regular, persisting over a period of time, and further urged the President’s backroom staff to fulfill the constitutional provisions and also respect Parliament as an institution.

Kwadwo Anim/