Parliament, Police stand-off threat to democracy – Inusah Fuseini

Inusah Fuseini, the former Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, has waded into the raging stand-off between the Police Service and Parliament.

The issue is connected with a dogged stance by the Police to prosecute Francis-Xavier Sosu, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina Constituency in the Greater Accra Region, for his involvement in a violent public protest in his area.

Mr Fuseini said it was in the best interest of both parties to work together and do all it takes to deescalate and deplore the stand-off between Parliament and the Police since they are two critical institutions of state and democratic governance.

“I deplore the stand-off between Parliament and the Police because these are two critical institutions of the state and admittedly, Parliament is an arm of government whereas the police is clearly established for the purposes of maintaining law and order, and protecting lives and properties.

“At all times, we should accord some respect to the Police Service and Members of Parliament and Parliament as an institution. The stand-off is not good for our democracy; I mean the police should help complement the activities of Members of Parliament,” Mr Fuseini entreated.

On November 16, 2021, a Kaneshie District Court presided over by Oheneba Kuffuor, adjourned the hearing to November 29, the second adjournment due to the MP’s unavailability.

Victor Adawudu, Mr Sosu’s lawyer, had stated in court that his client was out of the jurisdiction and would be back the following week.

He is facing two charges of unlawful blockade of a highway and destruction of public property in the aftermath of a protest he led against bad roads in parts of his constituency on October 25.

Police tried to arrest him on the day of the protest but failed.An official request to the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, to have him released for questioning was also turned down and a second arrest attempt was foiled last two weeks at a church premises where he was worshipping.

It was the second time the court had had to adjourn the case because of Mr Sosu’s absence. –

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