June 5, 2015

Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Edward Doe Adjaho has said a final decision will soon be taken on the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Talensi, Robert Nachinab Mosoore who has been enskinned as a Chief.

The MP has not formally informed Parliament of his new position and has not also resigned his seat, a month after being enskinned as Paramount Chief of Talesi Traditional Area at a colourful ceremony.

Majority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mohammed about a fortnight ago on the floor of Parliament moved a motion asking the MP to do the honourable thing by resigning and vacating his seat because his enskinnment as Chief bars him from active politics.

However the Minority then challenged the call describing it as misplaced since there is no evidence that Hon. Robert Nachinab Doaneng Mosoore has been enskinned.

They argued that per the constitution, until an enskinment or enstoolment is gazetted, one cannot be recognized as a chief.

During Friday’s sitting, the issue once again came up for discussion with the Majority side forcefully arguing their case for the Talensi seat to be declared vacant.

Rt. Hon. Speaker Doe Adjaho who presided over proceedings stated that a ruling will be made on the matter next week hopefully by which time Parliament would have received an official communication from the MP.

Per Article 276 of the constitution; (1) A chief shall not take part in active party politics; and any chief wishing to do so and seeking election to Parliament shall abdicate his stool or skin.”

In the event that he resigns a by-election will have to be held in the constituency to elect a successor to occupy the Talensi seat.