The Member of Parliament (MP) for Dome Kwabenya, Sarah Adwoa Safo, has rubbished claims by Minority NDC during approval of the 2022 Budget Statement in Parliament on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 that she was not physically present in the House.
According to the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, she was present in Parliament when the budget was approved. Sarah Adwoa Safo has been absent from Parliament for some time now as result of an extension of her leave which was granted by the President.
She has become the subject of public debate by some Minority members and National Democratic Congress (NDC). Fanatics on social media that she was impersonated during Tuesday’s proceedings in the House. Because the Majority side needed the numbers at all cost to approve the government’s 2022 budget, which they did despite the disapproval by the minority side. The NDC Minority even claimed it was Afia Akoto deputy CEO of MASLOC who represented Adwoa Safo since she was masked.
The controversy was deepened by the fact that videos and photos of a woman believed to be the Dome Kwabenya MP from Tuesday’s proceedings in Parliament have gone viral on social media. In the video, the woman was seen wearing a nose mask, leaving the chamber right after the headcount which led to the approval of the budget statement.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu in the Volta Region, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has already indicated that the Minority is probing the development.
“Following pictures and videos we are reviewing this [Wednesday] morning, it is becoming quite apparent to us that there may be a case of impersonation with regard to the lady who was presented as Adwoa Safo. It’s beginning to appear that she may not be Adwoa Safo,” Mr. Ablakwa told Accra-based Joy FM.
Adwoa Safo however dismissed Okudzeto Ablakwa’s assertion. On Wednesday, Sarah Adwoa Sarfo dismissed the claim by Ablakwa on the floor of Parliament stating that
“Mr. Speaker, I was present in this house yesterday.”
On the face of Ablakwa, she stated that
“I cannot force Hon. Okudzeto Ablakwa, who is my friend on the other side, to dress the way I want him to dress. That is an insult to womanhood so those making that noise should withdraw.”