Parliament and IGP to meet over Francis-Xavier Sosu and Police tussle

Parliament and IGP to meet over Francis-Xavier Sosu and Police tussle

The leadership of Parliament are set to engage the Inspector General of Police Dr George Akuffo Dampare, leader of the Minority Caucus in Parliament has disclosed.

He indicated that several issues will be discussed including the matter of humility of the legislator of the Madina Constituency Francis-Xavier Sosu.

The meeting was necessitated following a letter from the Inspector General of Police to the Speaker of Parliament.

The disagreement between the lawmaker and Police began when Mr Sosu led his constituents on a protest to draw the government’s attention to fix the roads in his constituency and since then, there have been attempts to arrest him and even and an invitation to court but it has all proven futile.

In the latest twist, the Madina MP who has recently returned from a trip outside the country on parliamentary duties has filed a human rights action pursuant to Article 33 of the 1992 Constitution and Order 67 of the High Court (Civil Procedures) Rules, C. I 4 for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.

The MP is asking for an order for the enforcement of his right to freedom of movement, right to protest and demonstrate, right to personal liberty, right to freedom of expression, and right against unlawful arrest and malicious prosecution (Articles 14(1), 21(1) and 33 of the 1992 Constitution) of the Applicant and for an Order for Stay of all criminal investigations and proceedings by the Ghana Police Service and the Inspector General of Police.

However, the Ghana Police Service have indicated their resolve to deploy every legal means to interrogate the MP for Madina, Francis-Xavier Sosu after Parliament failed to release the MP for investigations.

Mr Iddrisu said, “Parliamentary immunity and privileges from the Lord Kings in the United Kingdom was to preserve the honour and dignity of a Member of Parliament to ensure that in the performance of his duty, he is not obstructed.”

Therefore the attempts to arrest the Madina MP before his constituents were uncalled for, he insists.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh

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